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Press Release: THE UNHOLY ALLIANCE OF THE MS SOCIETY OF CANADA AND THE CANADIAN INSTITUTES OF HEALTH RESEARCH (CIHR) CONTINUES
CCSVI Ontario has a strong opinion....
Does anyone know what phase of research this will be? Phase I, Phase II, Phase III?
I agree that stem cells should be researched in MS. I think a promising treatment avenue is combination CCSVI venoplasty and stem cells delivered to the carotid artery, which may help them reach their target in the brain. There was a researcher who presented on this at the NY symposium.
One of my concerns with neurologist-led research is that we've seen a fair amount of articles published in Neurology with negative findings, as well as negative editorials, while the articles in the vascular journals have generally positive findings. Dr. Michael Shannon of the Scientific Advisory Board stated his concern that the degree of controversy over CCSVI may have extended beyond the boundaries of healthy scientific debate. When I hear that, I think of articles with titles such as "The perfect crime? CCSVI not leaving a trace in MS." ECTRIMS was negative this year too. There are articles such as by Dr. Doepp that find 70% of MS patients have CCSVI, but that present that negatively as a lack of causation due to specificity/sensitivity. I don't care if CCSVI is cause or risk factor or even result, however unlikely that last one is. I care whether or not CCSVI venoplasty can help people with MS.