Multiple Sclerosis (cont.)
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
In this Article
- Multiple sclerosis facts
- What is multiple sclerosis?
- What causes multiple sclerosis?
- Is multiple sclerosis inherited?
- What are the types of multiple sclerosis?
- What are the symptoms of multiple sclerosis?
- How is multiple sclerosis diagnosed?
- What are the treatments for multiple sclerosis?
- Interferons for relapsing multiple sclerosis
- Other medications approved for relapsing multiple sclerosis
- How are the physical manifestations of multiple sclerosis treated?
- What are the future directions for managing multiple sclerosis?
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) FAQs
- Find a local Neurologist in your town
What are the future directions for managing multiple sclerosis?
There is a great deal of ongoing research in multiple sclerosis, and there continues to be a focus on the immune system in investigational therapies. In addition, scientists are trying to develop techniques that allow brain cells to generate new myelin or that prevent the death of nerves. Other promising approaches include the use of precursor (neuronal stem or progenitor) cells that could be implanted into the brain or spinal cord to repopulate areas of missing cells. Future therapy may involve methods designed to improve impulses traveling over the damaged nerves. Scientists also are exploring the effects of diet and other environmental factors on multiple sclerosis.
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