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Let's Talk About Health: Multiple Sclerosis: success, challenges and hope
Wed 17 February 2016, 17:30 – 18:30 GMT
Let's Talk About Health: Understanding Disease is all about advancing our knowledge of health and what goes wrong in disease. Join us to hear about new research in our University that is increasing our understanding of diseases and providing new advances in treatment. Guests will be able to talk to our young scientists about their research and will have an opportunity to tour our labs before the talks. We look forward to seeing you there!
Professor Karen Chapman
BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science
Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological disorder that has a particularly high prevalence in Scotland. The symptoms of MS result from damage to a specialised structure of the brain called myelin, which wraps up the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, similarly to the insulation on electrical wires. This myelin damage is thought to be due to the immune system destroying the myelin, leading to damage to the underlying nerves and causing problems with vision, balance, sensation and movement.
Over the past decade, wonderful progress has been made in suppressing the immune system attacks that occur in MS, and a host of life-changing treatments are now available to people with MS. The next goal is to help repair the damage that occurs to myelin and to prevent degeneration of nerves.
Join us to learn more about MS, the challenges that have been overcome, the challenges that remain, and the exciting research that is taking place that offers hope for treatment of this disease.
Dr Anna Williams, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh; and Dr Dave Lyons, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Neuroregeneration at the University of Edinburgh
Doors open 4.30pm with teas and coffees available.
Refreshments available after event.