It was 2009 when Australian scientists launched a "first of its kind" study of proteins and their effect on multiple sclerosis (MS). Now we are finding out, three years later, that proteins actually do play a key part in MS and we have another path to take to halt the progression.
Richard Roughy of Lima, OH remembers the FDA designating fast track for Tovaxin for secondary-progressive MS last year and says, "With how incredible the news has been regarding this, I'm hoping this will be as well...considering."
Scientists from Australia, Canada and the U.S. have published a report showing the "blocking" of a protein (CRMP-2), using an already approved here in the States and Australia method, has halted disease progression and this is why Mr. Roughy remembered what the FDA did for Tovaxin because, at the time, he was finding himself getting a little "jaded regarding studies on this thing I have in my brain".
According to the report, "In their research, the scientists found that a modified version of CRMP-2 is present in active MS lesions, which indicate damage to the nervous system, in a laboratory model of MS." and this finding gets us one step closer to helping the millions who have this disease.
With the method these scientists used (hasn't been said yet what method it was) having had FDA and Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration approval; it is with confidence Dr. Petratos, the team leader, stated, "This should mean that clinical trials -- once they start -- will be fast tracked as the form of administration has already been approved."
This news comes at a time that is especially important to those who have MS as April and May are when thousands participate in Walk MS and orange is seen everywhere.
At this point, though, there is a question as to what method it was they used. Maybe it isn't important considering it works whatever "it" is, but its a bit of a lose end that would be interesting to see thrown out there.
For more info: for those who live in Lima, Ohio, theNorthwestern Ohio MS Chaptercan be reached at: 401 Tomahawk Drive, Maumee, OH at (419) 897-7263. They are located approximately an hour and a half from Lima, Ohio and 45 minutes from Findlay, Ohio. For directions please click here at Bing Maps.
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