Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada to invite research operating grant proposals related to CCSVI and MS

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada announced it will request research operating grants related to chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) and MS.

A recent study released by Dr. Paulo Zamboni, University of Ferrara, Italy, describes CCSVI as a disruption of blood flow in which the venous system is not able to efficiently remove blood from the central nervous system resulting in increased pressure in the veins of the brain and spinal cord which in turn results in damage to these areas.

"These early results are encouraging and show that this warrants more study," said Yves Savoie, MS Society President and CEO. "This is truly a new avenue to explore in MS research, and we want to be a part of furthering this investigation."

The MS Society of Canada will issue an invitation for research operating grant proposals on CCSVI related to multiple sclerosis from qualified investigators based in Canadian institutions. Proposals will be evaluated for their scientific merit and relevance to the field of MS.

The competition will open on December. 9, 2009, and the deadline for applications will be January 22, 2010.

"There has been tremendous interest and excitement about this study from people with MS, supporters, volunteers and staff across the country. While we acknowledge that the concept of CCSVI as a cause of MS needs to be replicated and validated in larger well-designed studies, the Society looks forward to contributing to this body of work," said Savoie."

While excited about the potential of the CCSVI study, the findings are preliminary. Thus the MS Society advises that while further research is underway people follow their physician's recommendations and continue their current course of therapies.

SOURCE Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada


  1. walter merritt walter merritt Canada says:

    I want the CCSVI OPERATION NOW, WHILE I STILL HAVE SOME LIFE LEFT. What is wrong with that. Easy to check my veins and arteries for blockage. If they are blocked why would a person with M S or not want to keep them blocked? I see no reason for M S people to have to wait. Maybe after the operation i will be able to play the piano. So what if I could not before!.

    • t marie t marie Canada says:

      We need this treatment regardless if it helps MS. I know if we had blocked or thinning veins and it was found anywhere else like oh I don't know around my HEART! They would absolutely take care of it. In the meantime I am going in for the Doppler Ultra sound on my neck I hope the person doing it knows what they are doing and the person doing the report also. This is a circulation issue and needs to be dealt with. Wishing you good luck and me too!

  2. Anne Anne United States says:

    Absolutely agree - while we have time left!!!!!!  Take me to Italy!  I'm in the U.S. and I think the US is probably further behind Canada - I first heard of this when seeing reviews of the Dusseldorf MS Conference.  It's simple, it seems:  we get enough MRI's why not add the Doppler Ultra sound on it too?~  

    I am thinking of going to my doc to investigate the tinnitus I have had running in my ears for 20 years . . . . . completely makes sense that this is related to poor blood flow.  The neuros just seems not to coordinate much with the vascular guys.

    Marie, please let us know how the Doppler Ultra Sound went!


  3. Mal R Mal R Canada says:

    Is this the simple answer to this devastating disease ?  Yes it's early days but if it means sufferers can get some of their life back then make ths CCSVI research and treatment aa No 1 priority  -  we don't need long clinical trials  -  there are no untried drugs involved !!!

    Press our Prov & Fed governmnts to approve imaging and angioplastio for diagnosed MS patients as sson as possible - everyone please write your MP to get this going.  Thanx..

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