Get Involved in MS Research

MS Ireland helps researchers with their projects by offering advice, data and access to our MS community. We encourage people with MS to get involved in research that is ethical, appropriately organised by a recognised institution and sanctioned by that research authority.


Current Opportunities in Research

  1. All-Ireland genomics study - Irish life sciences company, Genomics Medicine Ireland (GMI) have announced an important scientific research study aimed at unlocking the mystery of the genetic and lifestyle factors that contribute to MS. Volunteers with MS currently being treated at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Tallaght Hospital, Cork University Hospital or Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry are invited to participate in the study which aims to identify these factors in order to find better treatments, diagnoses and, ultimately, a cure for MS. GMI also hopes to roll out additional study sites around the country in future. Interested volunteers should speak with their clinical team at one of the current research sites for more information.
  2. University of Limerick - Bladder dysfunction and management strategies among people with Multiple sclerosis (MS): a qualitative study of people with MS perspectives.The aim of this study is to explore management strategies administered by people with MS who have urinary symptoms. Urinary symptoms can include urgency (the sudden need to go to the toilet) or frequency (going to the toilet very often) or nocturia (needing to wake up in the night to go to the toilet). >> Learn more

  3. NUI Galway - A cognitive occupation-based programme for people with multiple sclerosis: A randomised controlled pilot trial to improve cognition and daily functioning for people with multiple sclerosis. The aim of the current research is to evaluate the programme as well as its preliminary effects on cognitive and daily functioning. Thus, NUI Galway are currently recruiting people living with MS to receive the COB-MS >> Learn more

  4. Researchers in NUI Galway are conducting a study to explore the experiences of people living with MS as they navigate the dating world.

    People typically develop MS between the ages of 20-40 – an age range where beginning romantic relationships is an important life concern. While research has explored the experiences of people with MS who are married or in long-term relationships, we do not know about the experiences of those who are beginning a romantic relationship. It is known that dating can be difficult for those with physical disabilities, who may face stigma, negative attitudes or be fearful about requiring care from potential partners. Because MS is a chronic condition, the experiences of those with MS as they begin new relationships is important to understand.

    We are looking for 25 people with MS to take part in this study. Participants will be asked to make a short recording once a month, for five months. They will record their thoughts on any aspects of their dating/romantic life that month, whether their MS affected any of their experiences and how they felt about this. Participants upload a recording to secure, password-protected file storage, accessible only by the researchers. Recordings will be analysed, and common features and themes developed. Participants will be invited to comment on findings as they are developed If you are interested in taking part or want to find out more please visit click here

The projects listed here are for information purposes only. If you choose to get involved in any project you do so at your own discretion. Please read the information provided carefully and make contact with the individual researchers if you have questions.

Get in touch

If you would like help with your research, contact Aoife Kirwan on or call (01) 6781612

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Research Strategy

MS Ireland's Research Strategy for 2015-2019

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Information for Researchers

Useful Information For Those Carrying Out MS-Related Research.


Research We Fund

MS Ireland Supports Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Researchers in Finding Participants For Studies and Disseminating Research Findings.