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Essays and Opinions | 6 Feb 2016

Taking Studies of Sex Differences to the Next Level

Multiple sclerosis affects about three times more women than men, but pregnancy can protect against relapses, and MS in men tends to worsen faster. These naturally occurring sex differences could lead to new treatments—if they don’t stall on the way to the clinic.

It is now over a year since the announcement of a new National Institutes of Health policy to encourage...
News Synthesis | 2 Feb 2016

Will Death in French Drug Trial Lead to Tighter Phase 1 Rules?

While regulators are trying to figure out what went wrong, independent chemists have dug into the mechanism of what may have been a "dirty" drug

January saw one of the worst drug trial debacles in memory, when a healthy volunteer participating...
Blogs | 26 Jan 2016

Podcasts discuss new MS treatment strategy

The MS Brain Health collection

No cure yet exists for MS, but a new therapeutic strategy may help extend brain health, delay pr

News Briefs | 7 Jan 2016

MS Research Roundup: 8 January 2016

Mind-Body Evidence in MS; Your MS Research Playlist; This Bike Has MS & Kiss Goodbye to MS

Items of interest to multiple sclerosis researchers from around the Web...

Research Resources

Tools that will help investigators conceive and perform experimental work:

  • The Data Visualization section presents MS-related data in new ways, making it easy for viewers to discover unexpected relationships
    Our latest data visualization presents a network map of the connections among 1253 authors of 263 research papers that reported results of clinical trials in progressive forms of multiple sclerosis between January 1983 and September 2015.

  • Drug-Development Pipeline consolidates key information about compounds under investigation for therapeutic use
  • Tissue Repositories lists features of the world's tissue repositories and brain banks, including rules of engagement and contact information
  • Animal Models summarizes the promises and pitfalls of animal models used in MS research
    We've added a detailed review of zebrafish as a model organism in MS research.

  • Clinical Trials lists sources of information about MS clinical trials

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