The announcement of President Obama's BRAIN initiative sounds great, but I don't hold out much hope for real progress. President George HW Bush also announced "The Decade of the Brain," which was also supposed to make real progress in that area. I can't say I saw it then; I don't expect to see it now.
We are still locked in the room lined with shelves filled with boxes of keys. The key to let us out is in one of those boxes. The boxes are labeled "neurology", "endocrinology", "genetics", etc. – the researchers are looking in the wrong box for the key to open the door.
My hypothesis: excess insulin (hyperinsulinemia) plays a major role in MS, as developed in my initial post: http://www.thisisms.com/forum/general-discussion-f1/topic1878.html "Insulin – Could This Be the Key?"