This Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week (22-28 April), MS Society Scotland were in the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness of the important role research plays in the lives of people affected by MS.
MS affects more than 11,000 people in Scotland and can cause problems with how we walk, move, see, think and feel. But the MS Society is driving research into more – and better – treatments.
The charity currently funds 10 research projects in Scotland with the studies receiving over £3.56million over their lifetimes.
Iain Gray MSP, who pledged his support for the crucial research being conducted in Scotland to stop MS, said:
“MS affects a large number of people in East Lothian and right across Scotland. The condition can have a highly debilitating impact on those living with it, affecting every aspect of their lives and those of their families.
“Research into the cause of MS and better treatments are essential to help improve the lives of people living with the condition. Scotland is already a leading location for MS research and I was pleased to pledge my support to the ongoing fight against MS.”
Morna Simpkins, director of MS Society Scotland, said:
“This MS Awareness Week we are highlighting the importance of MS research.
“For more than 11,000 people in Scotland, living with MS is a daily reality. This is why the MS Society is driving cutting-edge research into more and better treatments to ultimately stop MS.
“By contributing and joining a global group of fundraisers people can help us find new treatments for people living with the often painful and exhausting condition.”
MS is an unpredictable condition that is different for everyone. It affects how a person thinks, feels and moves. For support and information, please contact the helpline on 0808 800 8000.