MS IRELAND FUNDING RESEARCH
A quick overview
The only global MS research campaign
Kiss Goodbye to MS is the only global campaign that raises funds for MS research. In 2018 the campaign is live in at least 11 countries around the world.
From understanding how and why MS does what it does, to finding treatments and (one day) a cure, you are funding the world’s best MS researchers in the search for the breakthroughs we need. 10% of the proceeds of Ireland’s Kiss Goodbye to MS will be spent by MSIF on international research and access to better treatments.
Increasing research funding
Kiss Goodbye to MS is helping to increase the number of countries fundraising for research, as well as the total amount raised. In 2017 8 countries took part, raising more than EUR€1m. In 2018 12 countries are taking part and we hope globally to raise more than EUR€1.2m to fund research and support people living with MS!
The brightest young researchers
We think it’s essential to encourage the brightest and best young researchers into MS research so in 2010 MS Ireland founded the Dean Medal to honor the work and life of Dr Geoffrey Dean. The Dean Medal enables new MS researchers to travel to centres of excellence to enhance their understanding and knowledge of MS.
International research giants
MS Ireland continues to support the work of the International Progressive MS Alliance, with several Branches making donations in 2016 and 2017. In addition, PwMS from Ireland Alexis Donnelly is now on the Scientific Steering Committee for the Alliance and has provides us with regular updates for the research eZine.
Unique research collaborations
At UL, MS Ireland, HRB and others have co-funded a number of physiotherapy research projects, led by Prof. Susan Coote. For more information and these projects please see the research section of the MS Ireland website or click here
Funding Irish Research
In 2016 MS Ireland agreed to provide €50,000 over two years to a project in NUI Galway entitled ‘The clinical-effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of an internet-delivered mindfulness programme for adults with progressive MS’. (Funding possible thanks to the generosity of an individual donor). We hope to be able to fund additional projects in the future through fundraising events such as the MS Research Ball.
MS Ireland have now published 4 issues of our bi-annual research eZine. In each edition we share the latest updates from scientific and social MS research, from here in Ireland and internationally. Click here to download the latest version.
MS Ireland support researchers to find participants for studies once they comply with our Protocol for Researchers. MS Ireland has assisted researchers with recruiting for many projects in 2017 and will continue to do this in 2018.