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What your contribution can help achieve

Australia is playing a significant role in the international effort to solve MS. We have excellent researchers who are collaborating on major national projects in the quest to find the cause and cure for this terrible disease.

We all can play an integral role by the active support and encouragement we provide to our researchers.

MS researchers from The Menzies Research Research Institute Tasmania

MS Research Australia has been helping to accelerate the excellent work of Australia's MS researchers since 2004. Currently, with help from donors, we are funding over 40 national research studies. Successes to date include:

  • Confirming the potential of vitamin D as a prevention strategy for MS. This resulted from the MS Research Australia-funded Ausimmune Study of environmental influences such as sunlight (which contains vitamin D) and viruses.
  • Mobilising a team of researchers to develop an Australasian MS Genetics Consortium (ANZgene) to identify the genes that influence MS susceptibility and progression
  • Developing the first Australian MS Brain Bank that will collect, store and distribute MS tissue to accelerate our world-class neuropathology targeting the cause of MS

We believe we are on the verge of discoveries that will make a significant contribution to our goal of FREEDOM FROM MS.

Below is a list of what your contributions could achieve:

  • $20 - Contributes to equipment supplies for research projects
  • $35 - 100 Cryotubes - to freeze the blood or DNA of 100 people with MS to be used in a range of projects to look at the genetics and biology of MS
  • $75 - Covers a morning's lab work by a junior researcher at one of our MS medical research institutes
  • $150 - Will purchase a microarray chip which is used to screen the genome of a person with MS using their DNA sample as part of a larger study to investigate genetic changes in MS.
  • $350 - DNA sequencing of one person's blood sample, aimed at finding genes that influence MS
  • $1,000 - Provides for research on one MS RNA sample to find MS-specific changes during the disease (Gene Expression research)
  • $1,500 - PaxGENE Tubes which are used to collect RNA from the blood of people with MS and healthy individuals to compare differences in gene activity in immune cells and shed light on the biological mechanisms of MS.
  • $1,500 - Blood Collection costs – to pay a nurse to collect blood samples from people attending an MS clinic for 1 year. Blood samples can be used to measure changes in immune cells before and during treatment for MS
  • $2,000 - Antibody reagents for cell analysis – antibodies can be used to label, or tag, blood cells so that they can be seen under the microscope or sorted in a specialised cell sorting machine. Antibodies can be brought from specialised suppliers to label many hundreds of different cell molecules
  • $2,000 - Collaborative Research Workshop – MS Research Australia not only directly funds investigator-driven research, but also enables researchers to collaborate, thus increasing the power of individuals to make a difference to MS research and accelerate progress. $2,000 will enable MS Research Australia to organise a one-day workshop (with meeting room and catering), bringing together researchers from around the country
  • $2,500 - Will cover the cost of survey materials for one year – for survey-based studies of the demographics, psychosocial factors, lifestyle factors of MS, surveys must be prepared and administered
  • $3,000 - Brain Donation Costs – to retrieve and process one MS donated brain as part of the MS Research Australia Brain Bank
  • $5,000 - Tissue culture materials – many experiments are conducted on cells growing in dishes in the laboratory. Specialised plasticware and chemicals are required to keep the cells alive and happy. $5000 will buy the tissue culture materials required for an MS research project for one year
  • $15,000 - Covers one year of a Betty Cuthbert Research Scholarship, matched by Government funding
  • $25,000 - Incubator Grant – ‘Seed’ funding that enables researchers to get an innovative new research project off the ground. Pilot data gathered with the help of ‘seed’ funding will enable researchers to get much larger MS Research Australia or government grants to pursue a promising line of research
  • $35,000 - Covers one year of a Betty Cuthbert Research Fellowship, matched by Government funding
  • $50,000 - Is the annual cost of several current research projects investigating how damaged MS cells can be repaired or replaced
  • $85,000 - Pays one year operational costs for the MS Research Australia Brain Bank Project Manager who will coordinate the collection, storage and use of human MS tissue
  • $95,000 - PhD Scholarship – funding for a 3 year research scholarship. PhD scholars will undertake important research projects whilst also receiving training to become independent qualified researchers. Scholarships build capacity for MS research in Australia, by attracting the best and brightest young researchers into the field
  • $225,000 - Fellowship – will pay the salary of a post-doctoral (PhD qualified researcher) for 3 years. These fellowships retain young researchers who are building their expertise in MS research and working towards becoming independent research leaders in their own right. They are funded to pursue a significant research project of direct relevance to MS.
  • $300,000 - Project Grants – Research grants of 1-3 years to pursue projects to increase our understanding of MS, cause, better treatments and prevention of MS and improve symptom management and daily living for people with MS.
  • $350,000 - Pays for DNA sequencing of 1,000 blood samples from people with MS. This would significantly help in finding the genes that influence MS - leading to better prediction, possible prevention and more effective, targeted treatments.
  • $390,000 - Senior Research Fellowship – funding for a 3 year research fellowship for a leader in the MS research field to allow them to build a scientific team and pursue long term research goals in MS.

For more information on the people and projects MS Research Australia supports, click here