I disagree. I understand UBC was planning this research before W5 did its story in November, so they stepped up their pace because of the overwhelming interest generated. They did not jump on a bandwagon to get money -- they were doing this themselves quietly in the background until the story broke.
The new equipment will do such amazing things to monitor CCSVI and its treatment, so they will actually "see" what's happening at the nerve cell level. Ths is huge, in my opinion. Many patients who have been treated have reported decreases in fatigue but few other differences. What is happening may be microscopic and UBC will be able to track those changes. Maybe the microscopic changes will take 2 or 5 years to translate to improved function, but if we know the nerves are getting better, then we are well on our way to confirming the benefit of CCSVI treatment.
The UBC Brain Research Centre does conduct research for Parkinson's, etc. I don't think MS researchers should have a monopoly on using the equipment, which isn't required all the time for any one study. I don't think UBC is set up to take patients off the street and treat them anyway -- for that, you need to mobilize the provincial health care resources and get them to train technicians to use the equipment already in place in many hospitals. The Lower Mainland has 14 Doppler ultrasound machines, for example.
I am curious what other research project you think could have a benefit on MS patients now? I understand waiting for results will be difficult for all of us, but the fact that UBC is doing this research at all is more than I ever imagined would happen when I saw the W5 program. I was looking at flights here and everywhere to find answers. Now my clinic (and my neuro) is taking this on, which is far, far more than I have heard from the majority of others whose doctors haven't given CCSVI any merit at all.
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