An article in Newsweek describes how the search for a multiple sclerosis cure has heated up, as journalist Alexander Nazaryan outlines the efforts taking place to understand neurological disorders that affect the structure of the brain.
This includes stem cell therapy treatment pioneered by Dr. Saud A. Sadiq, and the launch of the Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases, a research facility that will focus on finding cures and new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease (known as ALS), Parkinson’s disease and brain tumours.
Despite being a “pretty athletic, pretty healthy person,” Ann Romney was diagnosed with MS in the late 1990s. Incredulous of her initial treatment, Ann intends to seed the new centre with $50 million in donations, including a reported “substantial gift” from herself and husband Mitt. “There are gonna be some breakthroughs in the next decade,” she says. “I really believe that.”
This push for a cure is folded within a greater mission to understand the brain, a task the White House has deemed one of its “grand challenges,” allocating some $100 million in federal research funds to that effort.
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