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The Charcot Project

posted 16 Jan 2013, 08:03 by Alan B.
What on earth is the Charcot Project? We'll come to that. But first.....

The MS Extra group In Keith did a fantastic fundraising event last year and we have just been informed of the total raised - a staggering £5,122.31!  Added to this will be the Gift Aid which the MS Trust will be able to claim. Well done to all involved 
A meeting is happening soon to brainstorm ideas for this year's fundraiser. Watch this space!
The next meeting of MS Extra will be on 6th February 2013 at 7 p.m. at Ugie House Hotel, Keith.  This will mark the group's first birthday. Congratulations in advance from www.MSMoray.net.

Now to the Charcot Project

This website doesn't cover the diagnosis and treatment of MS in detail. That is covered much better elsewhere. Click HERE for some links. However I want to share some of the things I have been looking at and occasionally refer to that on these pages. 

When I was first diagnosed I was told that MS was an autoimmune disease - where the body's immune system turns on itself. I knew a bit about autoimmunity as I also have a bowel condition described that way. The common wisdom remains that MS is autoimmune and that genetics and environmental factors partly explain the cause. There are, however, some researchers and neurologists who have a different view - that MS is the result of viral infection, probably the Epstein Barr virus and others. Now there is to be a clinical trial testing that hypothesis. 

I regularly look at the Multiple Sclerosis Research blog run by Barts and the London School of Medicine. Neurologist Professor Gavin Giovannoni is one of those who supports the viral hypothesis and he has posted a link to the video which explain the idea. I've posted the link below. The video lasts about 15 minutes and you may find it interesting.

YouTube Video