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MS Research Australia awarded Charity of the Year

14 August 2015

MS Research Australia has today been recognised as Charity of the Year in The Australian Charity Awards 2015.

Over the past 10 years MS Research Australia has greatly increased the level of funding for MS research; this has resulted in more research programs being carried out in the country which focus on prevention, finding effective treatments and ultimately a cure for the condition.

Deidre Mackechnie, Interim CEO of MS Australia said: “We’re thrilled for the team at MS Research Australia. This is a fantastic achievement and this award will help to raise the awareness about MS as well as highlighting the importance of medical research and how it can dramatically change people’s lives.

“There are now a number of treatments for relapsing remitting MS which can reduce the number of relapses people experience but there are still no treatments available for people with progressive MS and no cure for the condition.

We are now at the start of a generation of MS research that holds incredible promise – we need to seize the moment to build on this promise and discover new treatments that might end MS as we know it.”


Dr Matthew Miles, Chief Executive Officer of MS Research Australia said, “It is a great honour to be awarded Charity of the Year. This award is a culmination of over ten years of very hard work by many people. The support of people with MS, donors, state based MS societies, allied organisations and corporate organisations has been critical to this success”.

The 2015 Australian Charity Awards program received a significant number of nominations, with five organisations shortlisted and recognised for Outstanding Achievement and MS Research Australia announced as the overall winner for The Australian Charity of the Year.

Click here for more information about the projects MS Research Australia is currently funding.