To clarify, I tapped on the shoulder of the ever helpful Dr. Emma Gray- who told me this…
There is only one clinical trial being run at the Cambridge Centre for Myelin Repair. It will be using a drug that targets RXR-gamma that has the potential to stimulate the brain’s own stem cells to repair damaged myelin. So it will tap into the brain own source of stem cells as opposed to transplanting stem cell from another source back into the brain and spinal.
The trial hasn’t started yet – it is still in the planning stages – but they are making good progress. It will be a very small trial of around 30 people with MS. We will be communicating the start, progress and results of the trial on the website as and when they happen.
For anyone that wants to get involved in research studies or clinical trials – we have a ‘be in a study’ web page. This page provides information about clinical trials and research studies that are currently looking for participants. The page is updated regularly, so it is worth checking often as new studies are posted all the time. http://www.mssociety.org.uk/ms-research/get-involved-research/be-in-a-study
Another useful website to find out about ongoing clinical trials around the world is http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ . This searchable website provides information about clinical trials, including whether the trial is currently recruiting participants or not.
If anyone is interested in taking part in clinical trials, it is a good idea to speak with their neurologist or MS nurse about it and what’s involved etc. Often neurologists can refer (if they fit the inclusion/ exclusion criteria) people to the team conducting the trial
Below are some other ways of getting involved in research: