About us:  Partners & Projects


Margie Scott, one of the founders of the MARS Foundation, shares her story.


The MARS Foundation was organized to fund research that will move us closer to a world free of multiple sclerosis.  MS is a disease of the central nervous system that can affect the way a person moves, feels and thinks. Nearly 4,600 Iowans live with MS every day.  Our way of fighting this disease is to raise funds for research for a cure.  Additionally, we are helping to improve the quality of life of local Iowans affected with MS.  


A brief history of our donations (2003 - present)

The MARS Foundation has given research dollars  to Doctor Bruce Hughes MS Research at Mercy Ruan Neurology Center (2003 and 2004), Iowa University Multiple Sclerosis Research Laboratory (2005), and the University Of Nebraska Neurological Department (2006, 2007, and 2008).  In 2009, $25,000 was given to the University of Nebraska Neurological Department and the remaining $39,000 was given to the National MS Society specified towards research.  Between 2010 and 2017 we have been able to donate over $600,000 to MS research for a cure. 


Spotlight on 2016
$55,000 to Dr Jonah Chan
$55,000 to Dr. Sergio Baranzini


Spotlight on 2015

$45,000 to Dr. Jonah Chan
$35,000 to Dr. Sergio Baranzini
$25,000 to Dr. Peter Calabresi
*(An additional $5,000 donation is to be announced soon, bringing our total raised/distributed for this collection/distribution cycle to $110,000.)

You can read more about each project and doctor in the News section of our website.


Spotlight on 2014

In 2014, the Foundation was able to give $100,000 to the National MS Society and $7,000 to the University of Nebraska. 

The MARS Foundation elected to support three studies in 2015 at three different research institutions (Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, and John Hopkins University).

Here's how the funding has been broken down:

Mangalam/Rodriguez – MARS Foundation provided $50,000 in support  (it is important to note that the study doesn't mention Moses Rodrigues, but he is a co-investigator and the MARS Foundation strongly supports Moses’ work, both now and historically)

Chan’s project – MARS Foundation provided $30,000 in support

Calabresi’s project – MARS Foundation provided $20,000 in support