I agree with you on the issue of technology. More powerful scanners will reveal more about what this disease is about which in turn should help identify better ways to fight it.
One of the research papers talks about the possibility of repairing tissue damage done, not just stopping progression.
When I was dx I called my national MS society helpline, the woman on the phone told me that the society was planning internally that it would not exist in ten years time. She may have been trying to cheer me up but I imagine that no-one in the late 1950's would have believed that a man would walk on the moon in a decade.
By the time I come to meet my maker, I imagine that the organ donor scheme will also include brains.