This Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week (22-28 April), the MS Society Scotland were in the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness of the important role research plays in the lives of people affected by MS.
MS affects more than 11,000 people in Scotland. However, the MS Society is driving research into more and better treatments.
The charity currently funds 10 research projects in Scotland and these will receive £3.56 million over their lifetimes.
Kenneth Gibson MSP attended a reception at Holyrood to hear from some of the leading names in MS research and people living with the condition.
Morna Simpkins, director of MS Society Scotland said:
“This MS Awareness Week we are highlighting the importance of MS research.
“For tens of thousands of people in Scotland, living with MS is a daily reality. Not just for those with the condition but their families. This is why the MS Society is driving cutting-edge research into more – and better treatments to ultimately stop MS.”
Kenneth Gibson MSP added:
“MS is an unpredictable condition that is different for everyone. It affects how a person thinks, feels and moves. The incidence in Scotland is the highest on Earth. It is vital therefore that work continues into researching and ultimately curing this debilitating condition.”
The MS Society is available to help people with MS, through the highs, lows and everything in between. They can be contacted on their free helpline 0808 800 8000 and information can be found on their website www.mssociety.org.uk .