Media Advisory - Is the world of Multiple Sclerosis flat?

Answer could be in Canadian funded CCSVI research

TORONTO, April 13 /CNW/ - Centuries ago many thought their world was flat. In 2010 we know better. However, many are faced with the same challenge of the explorers - this time in the world of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Understanding the relationship between chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) and MS could open a whole new world for those with MS. It could provide a simple, relatively inexpensive solution to a rapidly progressing and debilitating disease, however the research in Canada has not started.

"Over 75,000 people with MS in Canada alone want to find out if the simple CCSVI procedure will change their world," said Linda Molyneux, CCSVI research event co-organizer. "To do so we need to run the tests, push the boundaries and learn what we can. And the only way we can do this is to raise $500,000 now, and start the groundbreaking research."

CCSVI is a condition, not a treatment. The purpose of Phase I research is to determine if CCSVI is more prevalent in MS patients, and at what phase of the disease. Once that is known, researchers will go to the next phase that will involve the treatment of CCSVI. It's a long voyage. Without the money to fund the research, the voyage may never start.

In Toronto on Sunday, April 25 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. doctors leading the CCSVI team from McMaster University and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton will speak about MS and the recently discovered approach by Dr Paulo Zamboni.

Molyneux continued, "We have the doctors, the facilities and the patients. Like Ferdinand Magellan, we need the Kings, Queens and everyone else to hop onboard and fund this voyage of discovery. And, unlike Magellan we don't have the luxury of time, every day counts when it is about MS."

    
    Tickets:  $500 each, $800 for two; 100% tax receipt; donations of any
              size welcomed
    When:     3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, April 25, 2010
    Where:    Crescent School, Centre for Creative Learning,
              2365 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
    

To book tickets or donate: www.stjoes.ca\msccsvi_donation.asp; contact CCSVI coordinator amy@stjoesfoundation.ca, or 905-522-1155, ext. 35949.

Free parking; wheel chair accessible.

For information on the event: lm@blockedveinsMSresearchgroup.com or www.blockedveinsMSresearchgroup.com.

SOURCE BLOCKED VEINS MS RESEARCH GROUP

For further information: For further information: Media: for an interview prior to, or on April 25, contact Victoria Ollers, (416) 822-2288, vo@goldfenixcom.ca; or Paul Tyler, (905) 235-1779, pt@goldfenixcom.ca

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