MONTREAL, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Fonds de recherche du
Québec − Santé (FRQS) and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
(MSSC) are pleased to announce that the first award as part of their
new collaboration has been presented to Dr. Jeffery D. Haines. Dr.
Haines will receive $54 000 in 2011-2012 to support his research into
In total, four MS research training awards will be handed out under the
partnership between the two organizations. This year's recipient
submitted an application for funding to the postdoctoral training award
competition held by the FRSQ and the MS Society of Canada. The project
earned the scientific pass score set by the FRQS-MSSC peer committee
and was therefore granted the first award.
After completing his doctoral studies in the Department of Pharmacology
& Therapeutics at McGill University, Jeffery Haines chose to pursue his
career in MS research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York
City, where he is currently working with Dr. Patricia Casaccia, a
world-renowned expert in the field.
The research carried out by Dr. Haines' team suggests that remyelisation
processes for neuronal protection could play a key role in stopping the
progression of MS. Myelin is the protective sheath that covers nerves.
In MS patients, the myelin deteriorates and the repair process is
Over the course of the next three years, Jeffery Haines will work to
determine the factors that trigger MS and the mechanisms that disrupt
damaged tissue repair. He hopes that his studies will lead to the
discovery of means to prevent the development of multiple sclerosis and
foster function recovery.
About the FRQS
The Fonds de recherche du Québec − Santé (FRQS), which reports to the
Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, supports
health research in order to foster the well-being of Quebecers. Its
mandate is to promote and provide funding for research, to disseminate
knowledge, and to contribute to training, as well as to establish
partnerships crucial to the development of Québec's research and
innovation system and its international reach.
Web site: www.frsq.gouv.qc.ca.
About multiple sclerosis and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the brain
and spinal cord. It is the most common neurological disease of young
adults in Canada. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of
15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of
The MS Society provides services to people with MS and their families
and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease. Please
visit www.mssociety.ca/qc/ or call 514 849-7591 or 1-800-268-7582 (toll-free) to make a donation
or for more information.
SOURCE Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec
For further information:
Lucie Bilodeau, Communications Director, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada - Québec Division
firstname.lastname@example.org / 514 849-7591, ext. 230
Michelle Dubuc, Chief, Communications, FRQS
email@example.com / 514 873-2114, ext. 235