From the Italian press---Professor Rohit Bakshi of Harvard University came to Ferrara University to discuss how his decade long study of iron deposition in MS brains has now intertwined with Dr. Zamboni's research:
Google translate of the press release:
Too much iron, more severe disease
New Ferrara - September 24, 2010 page 19 Section: Commentary
"It 's another piece of the puzzle that is made," says the researcher Paolo Zamboni.To place a new tile on the mosaic of research on multiple sclerosis was yesterday Professor Rohit Bakshi, Harvard University, came to Ferrara to explain the outcome of a decade of study during which he analyzed the role of iron as a contributory cause of the disease. His line of research was independent from that beaten by Ferrara Zamboni, but its conclusions have been come to intertwine with the results of tests carried out by the researcher and neurologist Bologna Ferrara Fabrizio Salvi on Ccsvi, which have established a hypothetical link between stenosis of the venous vessels in the brain iron accumulation and the onset of multiple sclerosis.
"The current therapies - said the scientist in the main hall of the university - are not effective in stopping the neurodegeneration. Bakshi was able, with a common magnetic resonance imaging to measure the actual concentration of iron in the brain, an operation in the past only run during the autopsy. Plaques and iron stores were associated, but especially "the greater the presence of iron - Bakshi said - the more you exacerbate the effects of the disease." Studies have revealed that the abnormal presence of iron affects the white matter and gray and tends to cause atrophy of certain areas of the brain.
EDIT to link to correct original press:
link to other press
Here is an article on Dr. Bakshi's studies of MS and iron deposition from 2003:
link to Iron in MS Brain