Open letter of President Prof. Roversi Monaco on recent developments with respect CCSVI after the intervention of Prof. Zamboni to Gotemborg (October 13, 2010)
(google translation from http://www.fondazionehilarescere.org/pd ... 101019.pdf
The Symposium, funded by the Foundation to Charcot 'ECTRIMS Gothenburg (13 to 16 October 2010) was dedicated to chronic venous insufficiency cerebrospinal (CCSVI).
The real conclusion of the Symposium is synthesized by Prof Hommes, Chairman of the Charcot Foundation, and projected to 4000 before Congress, Hommes use a phrase of Thomas Kuhn:
"Only when new phenomena are being shown a stubborn refusal to be harmonized in the existing science ..... may lead to new theories"
The statement is deeply connected with the theme of the nodal addressed during the conference in this year that the central event of one of the most important conferences in the world of MS, was dedicated to CCSVI or pathology of the cerebral venous system described by Italian researchers , with the assistance of its discoverer, Prof. Paolo Zamboni.
The rest of the conference confirmed the claims: independent research has shown 700 consecutive phlebographies performed on patients with multiple sclerosis who also had 97% CCSVI. Prof. Zivadinov also showed that MRI is inadequate for the diagnosis of chronic venous insufficiency cerebrospinal which is clearly identified by ultrasound as a tool used in the "Protocol Zamboni." Were shown and discussed other work against, including national origin, this proves that the scientific debate is intense around CCSVI, and what arouses interest.
The negative results in the absence of appropriate methodologies AISM IMF should lead to a serious reflection before investing € 900,000 of money collected in public squares and used for this purpose, instead, to confront evil and deviant poorly with this protocol. In fact - as stated by Prof. Zamboni - no corrections to the research method deployed by the IMF-AISM, these will be measured by what they knew or wanted to know, not what has been maintained by us. This original sin is so prejudicing possible outcomes have to be forced to resign from the study the discoverer.
Likewise, research supported by some groups for 2.4 million U.S. dollars, using magnetic resonance imaging, to be reviewed in approach or will be insignificant. And everything normal when established beliefs are shaken; not normal, though, and disrespectful of patients, persist in errors in the methodology approved by science.
Especially when the most important contradictor to date of the theory of correlation CCSVI / MS, Dr. Doepp, often referred to by the same associations to support their caution, it was shown in Goteborg embarrassed and did not give any explanation when the prof. Paolo Zamboni, resuming the work of the German counterpart of the last ten years, has demonstrated its system for calculating cerebral venous Doppler flow could lead to errors of up to 40%, thus proving to be an inadequate instrument and questionable.
The latest studies of Prof. Zamboni and Dr. Salvi, supported internationally by Prof. Bakshi, Prof. Zivadinov, Prof. Haacke, Prof. Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, Prof. Lee Byung-Boong, Prof. Ferlini and others, also indicate clearly the close relationship between CCSVI and multiple sclerosis. This is very valid reasons to believe the prof. Paolo Zamboni. To better define the scope and consequences of this association, are now properly required a larger number of studies dimensionally we're doing or planning as represented to the Minister Fazio recently we enjoyed the closeness and dedicated attention.
Recall that the opinion of the Health Council was to consider "the results of 18 months prior experience in the correction of stenosing lesions such as encouraging" and that it was claimed that the remarks made by Prof. Zamboni is "no doubt of interest and worthy of investigation with all the tools that medical research available today." Pending the outcome of the coming years, therefore, first put forward as essential for the confirmation of CCSVI and now - it seems - deemed unnecessary to enact the inconsistency, we must assist in communications marked by almost a relief that "is not the CCSVI cause of MS." Not to say that what you produce scientific evidence and without, with due sincerity, we admit that still need years of work.
We find this attitude is inappropriate in terms of the scientific method is, and even more so, the proper respect for the suffering of the sick. So we want the best scientific and methodological rigor is, in the dutiful care, the utmost respect for the sick.
Prof. Fabrio Roversi-Monaco
President of Hilarescere Foundation
Bologna, October 19, 2010