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MS Society collaborates with CIHR in call for CCSVI clinical trial research proposals

November 25, 2011 - Toronto – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, and Dr. Alain Beaudet, president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), announced today that CIHR is ready to accept research proposals for the Phase I/II clinical trial on chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI). The request for research proposals will be available on CIHR’s website on November 30, 2011. The request for research proposals is a collaborative initiative between the CIHR and the MS Society of Canada. CIHR will also continue to work with the provinces and territories as it moves forward with this initiative. The MS Society of Canada has committed funding towards the financial cost of a clinical trial.  

CIHR will announce the successful research team in March 2012. The selected team will then need to obtain ethics approval from relevant institutional research ethics board(s) before conducting the trial.

Read more about the standard steps involved
in launching a clinical trial.

“We are excited to collaborate with CIHR in bringing the MS community closer to definitive answers on CCSVI and MS,” said Yves Savoie, president and CEO of the MS Society. “People with MS deserve clarity about the hope that CCSVI offers as a potential treatment for MS. It is only through rigorous research that we can get these answers.”

The MS Society of Canada will continue to monitor all developments related to CCSVI. Visit ccsvi.ca for the most up-to-date information. People living with MS are at the center of our work and this will continue to be what drives us as we move through this exciting new phase of MS research.

About multiple sclerosis and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. It is the most common neurological disease of young adults in Canada. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives. The MS Society provides services to people with MS and their families and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease. Please visit mssociety.ca or call 1-800-268-7582 to make a donation or for more information.


For more information, please contact:

Krysta Celestine
Communications Coordinator
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Telephone: 416-922-6600 ext. 3181
Email: Krysta.Celestine@mssociety.ca

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