May 30, 2019 is World MS Day, uniting individuals and organizations from around the world to raise awareness and move us closer to a world free of MS.
Canada leads the world with one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS). With an estimated 1 in every 385 Canadians living with MS, research and innovations on the disease are of high interest to our country.
Luckily, Technion researchers have made the news with some very promising discoveries over the past couple years.
Could what we eat be the cause of autoimmune diseases such as MS? Technion Professor Aaron Lerner and his colleague Torsten Matthias published their research on additives in our food and their effects in Autoimmunity Reviews.
As a subsidiary of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, the Technion Research & Development Foundation Ltd. (TRDF) offers a unique gateway to the Technion cutting edge scientific and technological knowledge and capabilities.
The Merck Grant for Multiple Sclerosis Innovation is a Technion effort to raise money to continue digging for new information on the disease. Discoveries may help those who suffer, as well as prevent new cases from occurring! https://www.trdf.co.il/eng/kolkoreinfo.php?id=6753
It took a while, but a hypothesis from the old-world Greeks has been proven accurate! Led by Professor Hossam Haick, a team of 56 researchers from 5 different countries proved smells can be more telling than we thought. https://ats.org/news/you-are-what-you-exhale-different-diseases-have-distinct-chemical-signatures/
Associate Professor Ariel Miller has devoted much of his professional career towards understanding the causes and how to treat MS. http://www.rappaport.org.il/Rappaport/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DBID=1&TMID=610&FID=77&PID=0&IID=245
ONE BRAIN, MANY THOUGHTS: Just take a look at the published paper on his Multiple Sclerosis research! 17 publications since 2001! https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1191/1352458504ms980oa
Technion Computer Science Emeritus Prof. Yoram Baram’s virtual reality device helps people with Movement Disorders like Multiple Sclerosis to walk. Film made by the American Technion Society. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVA1DOf1K9M
Looking back is always a refreshing way to see how far we have come. We can’t wait to see what new discoveries come from Technion in the future! Hopefully with all these discoveries we will see the end of this debilitating disease in the near future.