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To prevent the occurrence, cure, reverse, or slow the progression, and lessen the personal and societal impact of multiple sclerosis


To support pioneering concepts and high impact research relevant to the prevention, etiology, pathogenesis, assessment and treatment of multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a degenerative, chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system that leads to cumulative neurologic disability over several years. Although MS affects over 400,000 individuals in the United States and about 2.1 million individuals worldwide, its etiology and pathogenesis are largely unknown. Moreover, the progression, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. While individuals of all ages are affected by MS, it is more commonly diagnosed in young adults, particularly women, between the ages of 20 and 40. Currently, there is no cure for MS.

Since its inception in fiscal year 2009 (FY09) through FY13, the Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP) has received $23.1 million to support innovative and impactful research that addresses fundamental issues and gaps in MS. The mission of the MSRP is to identify and fund promising research projects that are relevant to the prevention, etiology, pathogenesis, assessment, and treatment of MS and to ultimately lessen its personal and societal impact.

Congressional Appropriations

Congressional Appropriations

  • $28.1 million FY09-FY14
  • $5.0 million FY15
Funding Summary

Funding Summary

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