Multiple sclerosis

Atlantic Canada has some of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in Canada and the world. Approximately 8,400 people in the region are currently living with MS, coping with varying degrees of pain and disability. MS is three times more prevalent among women as men, and usually strikes in the prime of life. People with MS may experience problems with their vision, hearing, speech, memory, balance and mobility. Those with progressive forms of the disease eventually require a wheelchair.

There is currently no specific known cause of MS, which gradually strips away the myelin sheath that protects the nerves of the central nervous system. While researchers are learning more and more about the disease, there is still no cure. However, research has led to advances in therapy that are dramatically altering the course of the disease for many people, alleviating their symptoms and delaying disability. Mobility Project researchers are involved in clinical studies aimed at improving quality of life for people with MS.

The MS Society raises awareness and funds to support MS research, while running programs to help people with MS–and their families–live as well as they can with the disease.