Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Symptom Management And Quality of Life

MS is a chronic condition that can have enormous impacts on a person’s ability to carry out everyday tasks, stay active, engage in social relationships and live life to its fullest potential. Studies in this area are focused on improving our understanding of how MS affects daily living and identifying ways to overcome barriers and effectively manage symptoms.


Project Title
Funding Term
Determining the Impact of a Pilates Program in Multiple Sclerosis Dr. Charity Evans University of Saskatchewan 2016-2018 $39,935
Coming off cannabis in MS: a longitudinal, cognitive and fMRI study. Dr. Anthony Feinstein Sunnybrook Research Institute 2015-2018 $282 227.80

Improving cognition in people with Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: A Multi-Arm, Randomized, Blinded, Sham-Controlled Trial of Cognitive Rehabilitation and Aerobic Exercise

Dr. Anthony Feinstein Sunnybrook Research Institute 2018-2022 $5,000,000
A multi-site randomized controlled trial of MS INFoRM: An interactive fatigue management resource for persons with MS Dr. Marcia Finlayson Queen's University 2017-2020 $268 789.83
Circadian control of pain and neuroinflammation in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis Dr. Nader Ghasemlou Queen's University 2018-2021 $308 134
Examining sex differences in neuropathic pain behaviours in the EAE model Dr. Bradley Kerr University of Alberta 2017-2020 $343 494
Web-based physiotherapy in moderate to severe MS Dr. Katherine Knox University of Saskatchewan 2016-2018 $39,730
Comorbidity, cognition and multiple sclerosis (C-COMS) Dr. Ruth Ann Marrie University of Manitoba 2016-2019 $266 083.39
Outcome and Management of Acute Myocardial Infarction in Multiple Sclerosis: 'Heart-MS' Dr. Ruth Ann Marrie University of Manitoba 2016-2019 $285 375.35
Functional electrical stimulation cycling for managing mobility disability in people with multiple sclerosis Dr. Lara Pilutti University of Ottawa 2018-2021 $294 450
A Randomized, Controlled, Clinical Trial of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea-Hypopnea in Multiple Sclerosis Dr. Daria Trojan McGill University 2012-2019 $284 712.15
Development and Usability Testing of the ATOMIC (Active Teens MultIple sClerosis) Mobile App to Increase Physical Activity Levels in Youth with Multiple Sclerosis Dr. Ann E. Yeh The Hospital for Sick Children 2016-2018 $39,999.66


Project Title
Project Description
Physical Activity Together for MS: Pilot Study of a Dyadic Telerehabilitation Intervention for People with Moderate-to-Severe Multiple Sclerosis Disability and their Family CaregiversAfolasade FakoladeUniversity of OttawaPostdoctoral FellowshipThe project will determine the feasibility and effects of a dyadic physical activity intervention on physical activity levels, and mobility, cognition, self-efficacy, caregiver burden, coping and quality of life in people with MS and their caregivers.
Enhancing the Safe Mobility of Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis by Advancing Approaches to Ambulatory Monitoring and Gait Biofeedback TrainingJustin CheeUniversity of TorontoStudentship PhDThis research aims to build a smart rollator for persons with MS that: delivers feedback-enhanced personalized training exercises to prolong their ability to walk; improves how disease progression is tracked; and augments their community integration
Investigating the neuronal oscillatory properties of the dynamic pain connectome in chronic pain patients with MS: A magnetoencephalography studyJunseok KimUniversity of TorontoStudentship PhDThe project will use imaging to investigate the brain activity in different brain regions and investigate differences in brain activity in people with MS who suffer from chronic pain.
Aging and Cognition in Multiple Sclerosis : The Role of Cognitive ReserveAlexandra TremblayUniversité du Québec à Montréal Studentship PhDAs cognitive impairment is common in multiple sclerosis and the patients’ longevity is increasing, this study investigates cognitive aging in MS to better understand the symptomatology and to identify factors thay may promote successful aging.
Memory and Social Cognition in Pediatric-Onset Multiple SclerosisTracy FabriYork UniversityStudentship MscTo explore the relationship between memory and identification of emotional expression in pediatric-onset MS and how volume of a brain region called the amygdala (facilitates threat response, regulates memory and identification of facial emotional expressions) mediates this relationship.
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