BENEFITING: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Dr. Philip De Jager is studying the genetics behind MS (Genes & Environment in MS study) in hopes of identifying people who are at a particularly high risk of developing the disease. His recent findings suggest that first-degree relatives (i.e., siblings) are indeed at an increased risk, and that early identification and treatment of these people can dramatically improve disease progression. In the coming year, he will be building on the next iteration of the GEMS study, which will target 10,000 family members in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Sweden. Kate, Sandy, and I have decided to team up this year to raise money for the De Jager Laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital so that we can further support research into the genetics of MS. Kate and Sandy are both enrolled in the GEMS study, and we are all excited to see how this promising research unfolds. As many of you know, MS disrupts the neurological connections made in the body, and can affect everything from mobility to cognition. Discovering ways to rebuild and restore these lost or broken connections will no doubt ultimately lead to better treatment options and ultimately a cure. We recognize that curing MS will be a team effort, and we need your support.