To address these questions we help support and fund major national collaborations, what we call ‘Platforms’, to accelerate progress in these key areas of Australian research strengths. This ensures that we complement the world-wide research effort without duplication, fund a highly focused initiative with clear goals and timeframes and identify potential obstacles and solutions to overcome them quickly.
These are often major bodies of work that other funding agencies don’t have the right grant mechanisms to fund or consider ‘too risky’ to fund, but have the potential to yield the greatest outcomes for people with MS. MS Australia’s Platforms approach has changed the way MS researchers can do MS research in Australia.
The Clinical Trials Network connects trial sponsors and clinical research organisations with potential trial sites, health professionals and people with MS in Australia and New Zealand.
The vitamin D MS Prevention Trial is a clinical trial that will test whether vitamin D supplementation can prevent MS in those at risk of developing the disease.