Why is the Research so Important?



Beyond the obvious goals of reducing suffering and disability in children, is the possibility that pediatric MS may be a more “pure” form of the disease, giving unique insight into what MS is and why people are afflicted with this debilitating chronic illness of the central nervous system (CNS). 



Pediatric MS is gender neutral, whereas adult onset MS afflicts 73% women versus 23% men, which suggests hormonal contributions. 



But ask adult onset MS patients when they feel their MS symptoms began and nearly all will tell you of symptoms in their teens or earlier.