The Fonds de recherche du Québec − Santé and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada join forces to fund MS research

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 multiple sclerosis.

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 ineffective.

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.

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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 their lives.

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 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 / 514 849-7591, ext. 230

Michelle Dubuc, Chief, Communications, FRQS / 514 873-2114, ext. 235

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