Just to clarify-
UB/JNI has been participating with Dr. Zamboni for the last 2 years in testing patients for CCSVI. Dr. Zamboni used a ballooning technique to open stenosis on 16 patients (8 American/8 Italian) This ballooning is called the "Liberation procedure". When I read Dr. Zamboni's research last year and contacted him, he told me he would not be able to treat Americans outside his study, so I took Dr. Zamboni's research to Stanford, where Dr. Michael Dake has seen some 60 patients since my husband's jugular stenosis was stented last May. Dr. Dake is not working with JNI or Dr. Zamboni, he is utilizing the research to continue his own studies and treatment.
I do not know if JNI has any plans to treat anymore patients with the Liberation procedure. At this point, it appears they are more concerned with establishing scientific proof of the correlation of CCSVI and MS.
Jacobs and Zamboni and Dake are "self funded" because it is very hard to get research money for a non-pharma model of MS research. Not impossible, but not easy.
Husband dx RRMS 3/07
dx dual jugular vein stenosis (CCSVI) 4/09