I believe there is still so much to be uncovered in MS research. I am pretty sure that it will come soon enough to allow you to have a normal active life. Unfortunately, Revimmune continues to be the sledge-hammer until a more precise tool can mainstream. I know that Dr. Calabrese recently presented in NYC about the new research he is doing at Hopkins. I also know that Dr. Kerr has written about stem cell research he was doing on animals. As far as the Obama administration goes, I am sure it will be a priority. Michelle Obama watched her Dad die of MS.
As far as progressive people like me, I don't have as much hope for being normal. My last search on the NIH website for SPMS showed very little in the way of clinical trials. The thoughts that axonal fallout just happens without immune involvement have never sat well with me, though. If MBP8298 can slow progression in SPMS and people with PPMS have been shown to improve with aggressive IVSM therapy, there must be immune involvement even at the later stages of the disease or disease processes where inflammation can not be detected.
I came upon research that was being done at Hopkins and completed in 2002. One group of MS'ers was getting HiCy. The other was getting cytoxan AND Campath for total immune ablation, followed by stem cell re-infusion. They did test for bands to see if it was effective. Anyone heard of this study? What happened to the groups of people getting this unbelievable protocol? I can't even imagine going thru this.