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Manitoba Invests in MS Research Clinical Trials

Manitoba patients suffering from multiple sclerosis will soon be able to take part in liberation therapy for their illness without incurring the cost of travelling half way around the world.


The Manitoba government has announced a partnership with Saskatchewan to perform clinical trials at a cost of $5 million towards research on the potential relationship between multiple sclerosis and chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI).

“Manitobans and Canadians living with MS are pleased that the Manitoba government has made multiple sclerosis a top-priority health issue”, said MS Society of Canada, Manitoba Division president Wendy O’Malley. “Manitobans and Canadians who are affected by MS deserve answers as quickly as possible on this research.”

MS advocates and patients have long been pressuring the government to adopt the treatments in Manitoba, which have previously been made available in other Canadian provinces.

The funding will be made available to the Manitoba Health Research Council (MHRC). video/WpgCameraMan

  • Bill H

    Please check your facts on “… to adopt the treatments in Manitoba, which have previously been made available in other Canadian provinces”. There are no provinces offering this treatment at this time. There are some locations where you can get scanned for CCSVI. However there is not a single place where you can get the actual procedure performed. I could be wrong.

  • Tyler

    There was a clinic in Quebec that was doing trials a few months ago. Don’t know if they still do them.

  • Jacinthhe Gomes

    It’s about time that we think outside the box.
    I came across this article published by MacLean’s. The journalist, Anne Kingston, attended the conference in Italy on CCSVI & more.. Her article is worth reading:
    She quotes that:
    “Drug therapies for MS is a $10 billion industry primed to grow to $15 billion by 2015”.
    This amount is not contested by the medical system. It is estimated that there is 75,000 Canadians with MS. By my revised calculation it means that $133,333 is spent per affected Canadian for prescriptions alone to slow the progress not to reverse syptoms.
    Read more

  • MAB

    ? There are no places in Québec. They even closed the only clinic doing the scan. That’s no different here.

  • Michaela

    I do recall a private clinic in Quebec doing a few trials, but I haven’t heard much about them lately.

  • jim schwarz

    I was officially diagnosed with RR MS 3 years ago. This was after a brain tunor on my cerebellum.

    I probably had ms for 25 years but my neurologist found