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Society funds six Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence.

Although MS is considered an adult disease, better diagnostic tools now reveal that there are approximately 8,000-10,000 children who have MS, and another 10,000-15,000 who have what may be symptoms of the disease.

Until recently, physicians have not fully understood the complexities of pediatric MS and there are no consensus guidelines for the care of these children. Because of the critical need to develop a national model for care, the Society is establishing the first-of-its-kind network of Pediatric

Centers of Excellence. The centers will share resources so that each family will receive the same high level of care. They will also share the data they collect, as experts believe that research into pediatric MS may lead to identifying MS triggers.

Over the next five years, the Society will invest $13.5 million in these centers. This commitment is part of its Promise: 2010 initiative to support targeted areas of research and patient care.

The six centers are:

Center for Pediatric-Onset Demyelinating Disease

Children's Hospital of Alabama University of Alabama at Birmingham Jayne Ness, MD, PhD

MS Center of the Jacobs Neurological Institute

State University of New York at Buffalo Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Nancy L. Kuntz, MD, and Moses Rodriguez, MD

National Pediatric MS Center

Stony Brook University Hospital, Long Island Lauren B. Krupp, MD

Partners Pediatric MS Center

Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Boston Tanuja Chitnis, MD

Regional Pediatric MS Center

University of California, San Francisco Emmanuelle Waubant, MD, PhD

If anyone in your family under the age of 18 has symptoms suggesting MS, please call 1-800-FIGHT-MS for information about the center nearest you.
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Title Annotation:national MS society
Publication:Inside MS
Date:Feb 1, 2006
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