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MS Ireland
14 Sep 2011

MS Living a Great Success

MS Ireland hosted Ireland's biggest MS event in celebration of our 50th Anniversary.

President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, MS Ireland's Chief Executive, Anne Winslow & MS Ireland's Board Members

Our MSLiving Convention and Research Symposium held on the 9th - 11th September at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin shared the latest developments in MS research, discussed practical ways to meet the challenges MS may bring and was a social opportunity for people to meet and talk about MS.

Friday, 9th September

Research Symposium:

MS Ireland hosted Ireland's first research symposium on MS. A number of national and international speakers presented a variety of aspects of MS Research.

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Saturday, 10th September

President’s Address:

MS Ireland was honoured to welcome our Patron, President of Ireland, Mary McAleese

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Main Convention:

A weekend of talks, workshops, exhibitors and social events

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Presentation for International Person with MS:

Allen O’Connor was presented with MSIF’s 2011 James D. Wolfensohn Award for International Person with MS by Peer Baneke of MSIF

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Gala Dinner and Annual Awards:

Each year we seek nominations to our National Awards for MS Person of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Carer of the Year. The purpose of these awards are to formally recognise the contribution people play in the lives of their family, their community and our Society. We are delighted to announce the Award winners:

MS Ireland Person of the Year 2011: Mark Mitchell

MS Ireland Carer of the Year 2011: Vanessa O' Donovan

MS Ireland Volunteer of the Year 2011: Maureen Feeney

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Sunday, 11th September

Annual General Meeting:

MS Ireland 12th Annual General Meeting 2011 (51st AGM since its foundation) was held on Sunday 11th September at 10.30am.

Board Member Profiles 2011-2012 
Annual Report:

This report gives an overview of our work for our members, volunteers, many supporters, our funding agencies as well as providing details of our financial position.

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MS Ireland/Biogen Idec
31 May 2011


European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use issues positive opinion on marketing authorisation application for FAMPYRA.

Novartis Ireland Limited
04 Apr 2011

Oral MS Treatment

Novartis receives European Commission approval for Gilenya®, the first oral multiple sclerosis treatment for use in the EU

MS Ireland
06 Jan 2011

Irish Research Breakthrough

Research funded by MS Ireland sheds light on secondary progressive MS

MS Ireland is delighted to announce results of a research project part funded by the Society which has discovered a possible connection between the signally pathway in the brain and the grey matter lesions that characterise MS. 

The findings come from a research team in the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Science, NUI Galway, led by neuroscientist Dr Una FitzGerald and carried out by Dr. Jill McMahon, in collaboration with Dr Stephen McQuaid from Queen’s University Belfast. The research project “Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress as a component of neurodegeneration in MS grey matter lesions”, is one of only two research projects in the world examining the role of ER stress in grey matter lesions in MS.

The Irish research shows that lesions formed in the grey matter of the brain might be associated with a signalling pathway called endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. Higher levels of ER stress were discovered in lesioned areas in the grey matter of the brain in those with secondary progressive MS. MS is characterised by lesions, or a loss of myelin, in the central nervous system. This myelin speeds up nerve impulse production, and this is what gets damaged in the case of MS.

Read the full press release here.

Read the research team’s final report.

Read the Irish Times article on the research.

MS Ireland would like to thank our Voluntary Branches and other supporters who have contributed to our research fund. Each year MS Ireland supports a number of research projects. Read more about our funded projects here. If you would like more information or wish to make a donation to our fund, please contact Taragh Donohoe on 01 678 1600 or email