WHAT IS MS?
The unpredictable disease that affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide
"Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.
The cause of MS is still unknown – scientists believe the disease is triggered by as-yet-unidentified environmental factor in a person who is genetically predisposed to respond.
The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease."
HOW WE PLAN TO FIND A CURE
Multiple Sclerosis Research at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai
The Multiple Sclerosis Program at UCLA Health aims to improve the lives of MS patients by developing new therapies for MS and providing expert clinical care. This is accomplished through basic science in neuroscience, genetics, immunology, highly advanced neuroimaging, novel therapeutic trials and a full spectrum of clinical care from inpatient to novel outpatient programs. MS patients are seen by dedicated specialists with decades of combined experience and/or fellowship training in the diagnosis and treatment of this difficult disease. UCLA is a designated MS Comprehensive Care Center.
The Cedars-Sinai Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center unites unparalleled expertise with world-class research and a heartfelt, caring approach to help patients with multiple sclerosis and related disorders not only manage their symptoms, but flourish. Leading the way at the Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center is Director Nancy Sicotte, MD, whose research into the many ways multiple sclerosis can affect the lives of patients helps her approach each case with experience and a dedication to personalized care. The center has been designated as a Partner in MS Care—Comprehensive Care Center by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Dunk MS & The MS Community
We believe it's extremely important to build relationships with the talented and incredible people striving to find a cure for MS. Great minds and communities need to work together and that's at the heart of our mission.