At the moment, there is no cure for multiple sclerosis.
Current treatment is based on controlling disease activity by reducing the number of relapses someone experiences, or by managing the individual symptoms of MS.
There are currently three main focuses of research that offer hope in finding treatments that may alter the course of multiple sclerosis.
- Immune system - altering the processes that cause damage to nerves. In this area there are already a number of licensed disease modifying drugs with others in development
- Neuroprotection - protecting nerves to prevent any further damage
- Repair - repairing or replacing damaged cells to reverse disabilities; research in this area is looking at the role of stem cells.
Last reviewed: August 2014
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