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Stem Cells


Tuesday January 19 2016 11:30 AM

MS Ireland's Statement
ref: Autologous Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (AHSCT) 

'Multiple Sclerosis Ireland welcomes progress in stem cell treatment for people with MS, as news of success in the UK with Autologous Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (AHSCT) (sometimes referred to as HSCT), for some people with MS, brings new hope in this area. According to our colleagues in the MS Society UK, a number of clinical trials have shown AHSCT can reduce relapses and stabilise or improve disability in people with RRMS. An international clinical trial of AHSCT, called the MIST trial, is currently ongoing with a centre in the UK participating. The UK MS Society points out that 'we need more studies to understand the long term effects of AHSCT. So far, the longest follow up study to date revisited people who had received the transplant an average of 6.6 years later.'

MS Ireland represents more than 9,000 people with MS in Ireland, providing vital services, information, advocacy and support. Our work on Access to Medicines is hugely important in advance of new medicines or treatments for MS, ensuring that people with MS in Ireland access the medicines they need to treat their condition and impact debilitating symptoms including impaired mobility, severe fatigue and cognitive difficulties.

Further information on the research is available through the MS Society in the UK

Author: MS Ireland

Tags: stemcell, treatment, clinicaltrials, disability, multiplesclerosis, ms, ahsct


James Patterson

Friday January 22 2016 14:43

I always wanted to see Ireland

James Flanagan

Sunday March 20 2016 12:44

Hi James,

I have rr ms. I was diagnosed August 2014. I am being treated with tecfidera since March 2015. I am very interested in being trialed for AHSCT as I feel I would help me. I have my next neurologist app in April. I am writing to you to find out if I could be accepted for the trial I'm the UK even though I'm from Ireland? I read on a website that the treatment is free if you are referred by the NHS.

Any help would be appreciated.



Thursday November 09 2017 13:55

I have ms since I was 16 now nearly 40 I would love to be considered for any trial as it has got considerably worse in the last six years. I have 2 young daughters who I doubt and I love playing with them and I don't want to see me getting any worse as they have already seen me in a wheel chair and it was very disheartening.


Friday July 13 2018 12:58

Hi, I was diagnosed with relapsing MS in January. I am also interested in how going about applying to Stem Cell research for this horrible disease. Any help or guidance is more than welcomed.
Yours sincerely, Bianca

Dear Bianca,

Thank you for your enquiry.
We have detailed pieces on the work of Dr Fitzgerald in our iissues of our research eZine - you can read them here: http://www.ms-society.ie/pages/research/ms-research-ezine

We will be doing more in-depth pieces on stem cell research in future issues.


Tuesday August 14 2018 17:59

surely this is what we should have in Ireland:


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