Funding available for MS progression cohort study
Blog Author: Joanne JablkowskiPosted: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:55
The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Biogen Canada, and Brain Canada have launched a $7+ million call for research proposals to invite researchers to establish a Canadian cohort of people living with MS to study progression in the disease. Development of the MS Progression Cohort will serve as a pan-Canadian opportunity to answer the question of why some people with MS progress and others do not, and to pinpoint the exact triggers of progression and establish tools that can detect and monitor those triggers. Impact of the disease and treatments on individuals as well as the impacts on the Canadian health care system will also be researched. This study is the first of its kind in Canada, and will be carried out across the country under the leadership of a multidisciplinary team of scientific experts and health professionals in the MS field.
The mechanism of MS progression and the ways in which researchers and clinicians can track progression are still not fully understood. This study will look at progression from the biological, physical, and socioeconomic perspectives, and will engage people living with MS so that their individual experiences are captured. The goal of the study is to connect biological findings with real-world and clinical findings to create a comprehensive picture of progression in MS, with the hope that researchers will better understand the unpredictable nature of MS and find a cure.
The cohort will strengthen the capacity of Canadian researchers who are working in the area of MS, and serve as a resource and model for research on other neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, ALS, and Huntington disease, which have some common underlying mechanisms.
Interested applicants are invited to submit a letter of intent to seek a planning grant that will enable them to appropriately plan and develop their full application. The total funding available for the planning grant is up to $250 000. If more than one team is invited to the full application stage, they will share the planning grant.
More information can found on the MS Progression Cohort webpage.
Acceptance of RFAs and letters of intent opened on 15 March 2017.
Acceptance of submissions closes on 8 May 2017 at 4 p.m. EDT.
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