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Thursday, January 23 2014, 05:40 PM MST
Volunteers Needed for MS Study
(KUTV) – Researchers are asking for volunteers for a study that could unlock the mysteries of Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that attacks the Central Nervous System. Doctors say it is very common in young adults here in Utah. Currently, there is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis but doctors say there is hope. "Fortunately, we have 10 treatments that are helping. But we would like to emphasize that getting early treatment and finding out the disease early can be very beneficial for the patient."

Doctor John Rose is a professor of Neurology at the University of Utah. He is leading a study to identify the specific markers of Multiple Sclerosis. "This is one of the major focuses of the study is to help get an earlier diagnosis and get a good prognosis of what the outcome is going to be for that patient."

Researchers need 500 volunteers to participate in the study. They want blood samples from healthy individuals 18-years and older. The blood draw is similar to the blood draw you may have received at your doctor’s office. You need to fill out a consent form and medical history beforehand. It’s a process that Dr. Rose says could potentially save lives. "This can make a huge difference if we can reach our objectives of getting better diagnostic testing and better assessments."

Here is the letter with information provided by the research staff at the University of Utah:

Dear Volunteer,

Thank you so much for your interest in participating in this very important study to help understand Multiple Sclerosis!

Participants in this aspect of the multi-phase Intermountain Multiple Sclerosis Project need to be over the age of 18, not have MS, nor have a parent, sibling or child with MS.

We will be taking a small blood sample for our study, and there is no need for you to restrict food or drink prior to your visit with us. We will also ask you to complete a consent form and fill out a medical history questionnaire. Completing the forms and the blood draw will take approximately 30 minutes.

We are at the Imaging and Neurosciences Center on 729 Arapeen Drive in Research Park near the University of Utah.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, evening hours by appointment with Dee Husebye.

Contact Dee at or call her at 801-581-3661

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Volunteers Needed for MS Study

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