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MS Society helps research projects

The MS Society is to give £3.7m to help new research projects looking at multiple sclerosis (MS).

The studies will ranging from clinical trials, to research into the cause, cure and care of MS, and projects investigating symptom relief for people with the condition.

Twenty-six projects were approved in 2007, and these will be added to the portfolio of research the MS Society supports.

The society has spent 62m on research so far, and is pledging to increase its annual outlay in the coming years.

MS is the most common disabling neurological disorder affecting young adults, and an estimated 85,000 people in the UK suffer from it.

It is caused by damage to myelin, the protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system, which then interferes with messages between the brain and the body.

Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the MS Society, said: "We're delighted to announce the new research grant awards for 2007.

"The MS Society is committed to increasing its investment in research, and these new grants support a range of innovative projects aimed at improving the understanding of MS, and finding potential ways of beating it.

"They are extremely valuable additions to the wide range of research projects we continue to support."

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