Saturday, 24 February 2018

Friday, 23 February 2018

HSCT and T cells and MS and memory B cells

What cells are important to target in HSCT?

TeamG in the News...used for Crowd funding

ProfG and DrK were in the media yesterday as they launched their #Thinkhand campaign.

Yep this is old news on the blogsphere, but the Evening Standard (Local London Newspaper) picked up the story and pulled a fast one


Thursday, 22 February 2018

Putting the CART before the horse: could CAR-T cells be a last-resort therapy in MS to rival HSCT?

First off, apologies my long winter hibernation from the blog. As you may have gathered (if anyone is paying close attention to my blogging habits) I'm no longer full-time at BartsMS, and have been working in mental health down the road at Mile End. There are loads of interesting things to say about the overlap between MS and mental health, lots of which have been discussed before on the blog. 

#ThinkHand: Today is MS Hand Awareness Day

We are hosting our #ThinkHand Awareness event tonight. The good news is that Shift.ms will be there to help promote the campaign. The following are some YouTube clips, from their reporters, explaining the campaign and how you can help. 

Thank you Shift.ms for helping and spreading hope for the million-plus people who have MS and are using a wheelchair.




Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Barts Health CSF Neurofilament light chain (NfL) request


As promised, any clinician based in the UK can request the neurofilament light chain for Multiple Sclerosis. Your hospital laboratory would need to discuss the transfer of you CSF sample to our lab:

Dr David Holden
Centre for Neuroscience and Trauma,
Queen Mary University of London,
4 Newark St
London
E1 4AT

Email: d.w.holden@qmul.ac.uk

A sample request form is below:



The final report that you receive will look something like this:



If there are particular questions with regard to sample volume, storage and transport Dr Holden will be able to answer them.

Vitamin C for myelination

What has vitamin C got to do with MS?


Our Prime Minister has the decency to send her apologies

We are hosting our #ThinkHand awareness event tomorrow night. We were hoping to get Theresa May to attend and endorse the event. At least she responded. JK Rowling didn't even acknowledge our invitation. Very poor form? 




Tuesday, 20 February 2018

CSF neurofilament light chain and OCB predict conversion to MS in RIS

CSF neurofilaments are ready for prime time. Do you agree? Wouldn't you as someone with MS not want to know what their CSF NFL levels were? 


Inflammation and nerve damage occur before you even know you have MS

I didn't realise that NDG had done this but here are my thoughts...