Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

September 19, 2011 13:06 ET

endMS Engages Canadians to Drive Innovation in MS Research

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 19, 2011) - With more than 950 MS researchers and trainees from over 65 academic and health institutions across Canada, the momentum in the endMS Research and Training Network keeps growing with the tremendous effort and commitment from MS researchers and people affected by multiple sclerosis.

"Advancing discovery in Canadian MS research is made possible through the dedication of our donors and the MS research community," says Yves Savoie, president and chief executive officer of the MS Society of Canada. "The endMS campaign has raised over $56 million in the past three years, proving that our vision to significantly accelerate the pace of discovery in MS research resonates with Canadians from coast-to-coast."

In 2008, the MS Society launched the endMS campaign to attract, train and retain MS researchers and increase opportunities to conduct MS research in Canada. The endMS Network is the flagship investment of the $60 million capital campaign.

The endMS Network provides trainees and researchers national education and training programs, national awards programs and regional programs run by five research and training centres within defined geographic areas of Canada. It offers programs such as the endMS Summer School and endMS Transitional Career Development Award to engage researchers to conduct MS research in Canada.

"As a young MS researcher, I am very excited that we are making progress and accelerating discovery in the field of MS research," says Joshua Lee, a participant of the 2011 endMS Summer School. "We know more about MS now than we did several years ago. Some of this new knowledge is credited to the collaboration encouraged through the endMS Network."

To donate or learn more about the endMS campaign, visit endMS.ca.

To learn more about MS or to volunteer with the MS Society of Canada, visit www.mssociety.ca.

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.

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