New multiple sclerosis collaboration unveiled at Edmonton Kaye Clinic
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New multiple sclerosis collaboration unveiled at Edmonton Kaye Clinic

The province has found their first industry partner to help contribute $1 million towards advancing research and improving care for Albertans suffering from multiple sclerosis.

On Thursday, Alberta’s associate health minister, Brandy Payne, announced the government will contribute $500,000 to Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN), a province-wide network of 250 researchers working in neuroscience and mental health, as part of the Alberta Multiple Sclerosis Collaboration initiative, which was originally formed in 2014 by CAN and the Alberta MS Network.

“Thanks to this innovative partnership, people with MS in Alberta and around the world will benefit from improved care and better health solutions,” Payne said while speaking to a crowd at Edmonton’s Kaye Clinic.

As the first industry partner in the MS Collaboration, global biotechnology company Sanofi Genzyme Canada announced they will be matching the government’s contribution to top off the $1-million fund.

“Sanofi Genzyme recognizes that collaboration is essential to accelerate and facilitate research and health innovation. We are a proud partner in this venture that will ultimately improve the health of people living with MS,” said Sanofi Genzyme Canada general manager, Peter Brenders.

The province hopes the announcement will help attract other industry partners to contribute to the fund in the future.

Alberta is said to have one of the highest rates of MS in the world. In Canada, there are 240 cases of MS for every 100,000 Canadians, but that number is higher in Alberta with about 340 out of every 100,000 Albertans diagnosed with MS.

“While Alberta is known as the MS capital of the world, Alberta also has some of the best MS researchers,” said Alberta MS Network director Dr. V. Wee Yong.

“With this new partnership and funding that is focused on neuroprotection and repair, we intend to make advances to protect the brain from further MS injury, and we hope to bring new knowledge on how to enable recovery.”

For more information on MS in Alberta, visit albertamsnetwork.ca

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