What is involved in this study?
It is widely known in the medical industry that PPMS is a type of the MS disease in which the function of the central nervous system begins to worsen from the onset of symptoms. However, there are still some unknown qualities that classify the differences between PPMS and RRMS. The University of California, San Francisco has a research group called the MS Genetics Group. The MS Genetics Group is currently trying to recruit participants who have PPMS to help with a research study with the goal of identifying various genetic factors that may help drive the course and severity of MS. The details of the research study will involve a single donation of blood.
In addition to seeking individuals who have MS, the MS Genetics Group is also looking to recruit people who do not have the disease to be members of the research study's control group. By conducting a thorough research study, the group seeks to reach a point of identification for various major contributing factors in the genetics of MS patients. By identifying genetic factors behind the course of MS, the group believes that they may be able to identify genetic factors that could help in slowing the progression and presentation of the disease. The MS Genetics Group stated that participants do not have to live in California or near the location of the research study. Some of the major aspects of the research study can be done from remote locations that are convenient for the participants. The is no fee for participants wishing to be a part of this study.