34 minutes | Dec 7th 2020

Episode 171: The Country with One of the Highest Rates of MS in the World with Dr. Pamela Valentine

Every day, 12 more Canadians are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Facing one of the highest MS rates in the world, spread across a geographically large country, the MS Society of Canada is the only national voluntary organization in Canada that supports cutting-edge MS research while providing services and support to more than 90,000 people living with MS.      Joining me as my guest is Dr. Pamela Valentine, who is not only the president & CEO of the MS Society of Canada but also a multi-award winning neuroscientist. During our conversation, we'll be talking about COVID-19, progressive MS, and some of the most pressing issues facing the MS community today.   We'll also share some encouraging stem cell clinical trial results. (And we're including a quick review of what these different types of stem cells are all about!)   We'll tell you about a new immune cell discovery that helps explain the importance of the connection between the gut and the central nervous system.   We're also talking about a new study from the Mayo Clinic that shows how a woman's pregnancies and the onset of menopause may influence the onset of progressive MS.   And we'll tell you where to watch a 2020 MS Research Update from MS Research Australia. This video was produced especially for people affected by MS, and it's definitely worth watching!   We have a lot to talk about! Are you ready for RealTalk MS??!

Beneficial effects of mesenchymal stem cell transplantation in active progressive MS  1:44

Gut Immune Cells May Play Key Role in MS  5:38

Pregnancies, Later Menopause Tied to Progressive MS Onset Age  10:44

$100M Program Aims to Improve Diversity in Clinical Trials  12:53

MS Research Australia: Progress in MS Research Update 2020  16:15

My interview with Dr. Pamela Valentine 17:59

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Donate to the National MS Society COVID-19 Response Fund  32:15

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STUDY: Beneficial Effects of Autologous Mesenchymal Stem Cell Transplantation in Active Progressive Multiple Sclerosis   STUDY: Gut Microbiota-Specific IgA-B Cells Traffic to the CNS in Active Multiple Sclerosis   STUDY: Reproductive History and Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Risk in Women   Email for info about Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation Diversity in Clinical Trials Career Development Program:  DCTCDPinfo@nmfonline.org   VIDEO: MS Research Australia: Progress in MS Research Update 2020

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RealTalk MS Episode 171 Guests: Dr. Pamela Valentine

Tags: MS, MultipleSclerosis, MSResearch, MSSociety, MSActivist,  MSSocietyCanada, MSResearchAust, Stemcells, RealTalkMS

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