The MARS Foundation has elected to support two studies in 2017 through our donation of $95,000 to the National MS Society.
Researcher: Sergio Baranzini, PhD Project: The MS Microbiome Consortium
Project Duration: 4/1/2015-3/31/2020 Total Cost: $800,898
“The MS Microbiome Consortium (MSMC): an academic multi-disciplinary collaborative effort to elucidate the role of the gut microbiota in MS” With this support to the MS Microbiome Consortium, a multi-center team is conducting a comprehensive analysis of gut bacteria in people with MS to determine factors that may drive progression and help to develop probiotic strategies for stopping progressing. 2014 Stephen C. Reingold Research Award for most outstanding research proposal.
Researcher: Ben Clarkson, PhD Project: Role of ISGylation in MS
Project Duration: 7/1/2017-6/30/2020 Total Cost: $184,654
Location: Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic are investigating a process called “ISGylation” that may play a role in the cognitive problems experienced by many people with MS.