Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis collects 1000 blood
samples for collaborative research
29 April 2008
The Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis has announced
that they have completed a drive to collect one thousand blood and data
samples to build the largest openly accessible, multidisciplinary
repository ever assembled for use in multiple sclerosis (MS) research.
"This is a major milestone for the Accelerated Cure Project", says
Art Mellor, founder of the Accelerated Cure Project. "Limited sample
size is one of the most frequently cited reasons for inconclusive
results in MS research. Our repository provides researchers with
immediate access to a far greater number of samples than most scientists
could collect themselves."
In addition, the repository will provide a common population of
samples useful for a wide variety of different studies, which will
enable results from different research perspectives to be easily
combined and correlated. The repository contains various types of
samples and data that can support scientists working in many fields —
genetics, nutrition, virology, and more. Researchers gaining access to
the repository must return their results to the database to be shared
with other researchers; this will allow cross-correlation of their
results with all other studies performed using the same samples.
Subjects enrolled in the repository will be followed over time to
allow new samples to be taken and to record important changes in
clinical status. Studying the same sample population over time, and
pooling knowledge in a central database, is a major step toward
understanding what causes MS, thereby accelerating a cure.
Research centres that have joined the Project as collection sites for
the repository include: Johns Hopkins Medical Center (Baltimore, MD),
University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center (Worcester, MA),
University of Texas Southwestern (Dallas, TX), Multiple Sclerosis
Research Center of New York (New York, NY), Barrow Neurological
Institute (Phoenix, AZ) and the Shepherd Center (Atlanta, GA).
The Accelerated Cure Project intends to continue collecting samples
from as many as 10,000 subjects for its MS Repository. The project is
inviting people in the US that have MS (or another demyelinating
disease) or are related to someone with MS to participate in the
www.acceleratedcure.org/repository, or send an email to
For further information on the project see
About multiple sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic demyelinating disorder of the central
nervous system that often results in severe disability including the
inability to walk, blindness, cognitive dysfunction, extreme fatigue and
other serious symptoms. MS affects over 400,000 people in the US and 2
million individuals worldwide. The disorder occurs twice as often in
women as in men. The cause is not known and there is no known cure.