Friday, February 1, 2008

Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis


On Monday, I am going to Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, to donate tissue (blood) to the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to finding a cure for MS by determining its causes, so is creating a large-scale repository of blood samples and data from people with MS (as well as from healthy control subjects) which will be made available to researchers. They have given samples and data to 8 research teams.

Their goal is to collect samples from 1000 people, and so far have collected about 700. The Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis started in Boston, but now has repository sites set up in Baltimore, Dallas, New York, Atlanta, Worcester (MA), and Phoenix. In addition, there are four other vendors who are collecting blood, two in Pennsylvania, one in Maryland, and one in North Carolina.

I encourage you to read more about this organization because it's nice to see that one organization is devoted to finding the causes of multiple sclerosis.
If you are interested in donating tissue, please check out their list of sites.

3 comments:

  1. Way to go. I donated caancermy DNA for cancer research in Seattle; it's te leat we can do.

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  2. Thanks for doing this, Joan!

    Linda D. in Seattle

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  3. you are always doing something to help others. i admire you so very much.

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