North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles is supporting crucial research currently undertaken in Scotland to stop Multiple Sclerosis. The MS Society Scotland joined MSPs in the Scottish Parliament this week to raise awareness of the important role research plays in the lives of people affected by MS during this year’s MS Awareness Week.
MS affects more than 11,000 people in Scotland and can cause those with the condition problems with how they walk, move, see, think and feel.
The MS Society is driving research into more and better treatments. Currently the charity is funding 10 research projects in Scotland with the studies receiving over £3.56 million over their lifetimes.
Mr Rumbles said: “The effects of MS are still misunderstood by many in society. For those with the condition some days are better than others.
“The MS Society does an excellent job of researching treatment, raising awareness and most importantly, supporting those with MS. For support and information the society provide a free helpline on 0808 800 8000.”
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.”
Notes to editors:
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week is from 22nd – 28th April
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About multiple sclerosis
- MS affects more than 11,000 in Scotland
- MS is often painful and exhausting and can cause problems with how we walk, move, see, think and feel
- It’s unpredictable and different for everyone
About the MS Society
- The MS Society is here for people with MS, through the highs, lows and everything in between
- We have a free helpline - 0808 800 8000 and information can be found on our website www.mssociety.org.uk
- We’re driving research into more – and better – treatments for everyone
- Together we’re strong enough to stop MS