Leading Multiple Sclerosis expert to talk in Weston

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By Carol_Deacon | Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 15:45

A world-renowned expert in stem cell research and multiple sclerosis is to give a talk on Wednesday, April 10, in Weston-super-Mare in an event hosted by the MS Society North Somerset.

Professor Neil Scolding's talk Stem Cell Therapy For Multiple Sclerosis will be of interest to anyone wanting to know about the latest progress in MS treatment research. 

MS is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults and an estimated 100,000 people in the UK have the condition. 

Approximately 340 people in North Somerset and 700 in Bristol are diagnosed with MS with a further 300 plus in Bath & North East Somerset and approximately 430 in South Gloucestershire. 

Famous people currently battling MS include Jack Osbourne the son Ozzy and Sharon who was diagnosed with MS at age 26, just weeks after he became a first-time father and Ann Romney the wife of the US Republican presidential candidate Mitt.

MS is the result of damage to myelin – the protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system – which interferes with messages between the brain and the body. 

MS is often characterised by periods of relapse and remission, and symptoms range from loss of sight and mobility to fatigue, depression and cognitive problems. 

There is no cure and few effective treatments.

Professor Scolding is director of the Bristol Institute of Clinical Neurosciences at Frenchay Hospital which is at the forefront of research into stem cell therapies for MS and will discuss his studies on the benefits of bone marrow cellular therapy, as well as the nature of future research. 

The talk will be followed by a presentation by Alisa Winder of the North Somerset Citizens Advice Bureau on the financial support available to people with MS. 

MS Society North Somerset chairman Paul Steckler said: "We are thrilled to have Professor Scolding joining us at our annual meeting. 

"It is always good to hear of the progress being made in the treatment of MS, especially as it affects so many people across the south west. 

"It is also a great opportunity for people to learn about how the North Somerset branch of the MS Society helps support people emotionally, practically and financially."

Refreshment will be provided at the meeting which is open to all and is free. 

To book a place freephone 0800 111 4780 or email msnatters@yahoo.com and quote MS Talk, leave your name, number and number of places required. 

No tickets will be issued but pre-booking is essential.

For further information contact MS Society North Somerset publicity officer Jane Williamson on 0781 446 4275. 

The North Somerset Branch of the MS Society provides emotional, practical and financial support for anyone affected by multiple sclerosis in North Somerset. 

This includes exercise classes, social activities, counselling and grant information. 

The branch has approximately 140 members.  

Date: Wednesday 10 April 2013 

Time: 7.30pm 

Place: The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-super-Mare BS24 7DX 

Admission: All are welcome – free entry – booking required



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