I recently recieved a letter ( reply ) from the Minister of Health of Canada ( Leona Aglukkaq) She advised me that the CIHR through the Government of Canada funded MS research in 2008-09 to the sum of $5.3 million. In addition to this $120 million was allotted to neurosciences research and $38 million to stem cell research. She basially said that the CIHR would welcome funding applications through ongoing programs, such as the open operating grants competition from researchers interested in persuing further research in their field.
The letter then went on to mention that the MS society is welcoming proposals on reaserch also. I don't know if the CIHR and the MS Society work in conjunction at all or work totally independant of each other when looking at proposals from researchers.
I haven't been here long, but from previous posts, some of you weren't sure if there was other area that research funds could come from and the CIHR seems to be another possible source. I hope that anyone involved with wanting to fund some serious research knows that.
Like some of you, I don't know honestly what serious position the MS Society is taking on the position of CCSVI. They sure weren't interested at first untill they had to deal with the masses of us who questioned them on the subjuct. I sometimes think there is too much politics involved with associations such as this. That's not to say that they have not and do not do good things. I think that they must know that we ( the people that work hard to fundraise for them) see a tremedous door opening with the theory of CCSVI. We will not back down untill this theory is investigated. The timeline for doing this must be minimal.
This theory does not have to prove to be the ultimate cure. If it shows to have and reasonable positives it is better than the current treatments that only reduce the rate of relapses. Dammit, drugs does not have to be the answer to everything. This theory seems to be so simple to me. It makes sense! We are not doctors and to most of us this makes sense. Rather than disputing this theory and putting it up against the auto immume theory, perhaps our neurologists should be looking at perhaps how both theories could be looked at jointly to end MS.
Can we not look at this from a vascular stand point? Forget I have MS. Check me for Vascular blockages or restrictions. If they exist, is that healthy for me? I don't think so.
Sorry I got a bit off topic here. I just wanted to point out that the Canadian Institute of Health Reseaarch was another source of funding. I just want to add that this reserch that we need done doesn't have to take years if somehow we can look at previous and current results from Itally, Poland, Buffalo etc. Lets get off our asses people and make this happen NOW!