July 16, 2014 1:42 pm

Province names advisory panel for MS research

The province of Saskatchewan has named an advisory panel of medical experts to help advance the science of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

John Lehman / The Canadian Press

REGINA – The province of Saskatchewan has named an advisory panel of medical experts to help advance the science of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

After reviewing MS related research opportunities, the panel will submit recommendations to the Ministry of Health in early 2015.

“This advisory panel is an excellent way to engage people with MS and their family members or caregivers in the process of recommending options for MS research and support for patients in Saskatchewan,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said.

“The personal experience and knowledge of people with strong interests and expertise in this area will inform our consideration of future opportunities for government support.”

The research panel will include MS patients, advocates, researchers and Medical specialists as well as reps from the MS society of Canada and the provincial office of disability issues.

The panel will make recommendations on opportunities to:

  • Enable Saskatchewan patients to participate in clinical trials that focus on improving the condition of patients and relieving symptoms;
  • Improve the care experience of Saskatchewan MS patients; and
  • Better support MS research and education in Saskatchewan.

“We are pleased to be able to work alongside the government and other stakeholders who continue to show a commitment to support MS research and improved patient care in the province,” MS Society of Canada – Saskatchewan Division President Erin Kuan said

In Saskatchewan MS affects around 3,700 people.

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