Neurology and Immunology
A committed leader and innovator in multiple sclerosis (MS) research for over two-decades, EMD Serono, Canada is dedicated to bringing hope to people living with the disease.
Offering hope to people with MS
We put patient needs at the center of everything we do, from our dedication to providing high quality products to our disease awareness-raising efforts. We understand that the challenges of MS go beyond the physical symptoms, and recognize the emotional and practical implications of living with a degenerative disease. We work collaboratively with patients, carers, researchers and other members of the MS community, to gain a better understanding of their experiences while living with MS and/or caring for someone living with the disease.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the central nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. The disease attacks myelin sheath, the protective covering around the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, causing inflammation and other damages1. These damages can cause a disruption in communication from the brain to the nerve cells, affecting one’s ability to perform basic functions like speaking, seeing and walking.2
Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world, with one in every 340 people living with the disease.3 MS is most often diagnosed in young adults aged 15-40, but children and older adults can also be diagnosed with the disease.4
The effects of MS can be physical, emotional and financial. Physical symptoms can include extreme fatigue, lack of coordination, weakness, tingling, impaired sensations, vision problems, bladder problems, cognitive impairment and mood changes.5
There is currently no cure to MS, but every day, researchers are learning more about what causes the disease and are zeroing in on ways to prevent it.6
- MS Society of Canada. What is MS. Accessed May 7, 2018. Available here.
MS From the Inside Out
Virtual reality (VR) is changing the way we understand and communicate issues around the world, and
To coincide with MS awareness month, EMD Serono developed MS From the Inside Out, a 10-minute VR experience takes users through the brain of someone living with MS. It explores the complex science of the disease and simulates five typical visual and auditory symptoms of MS that go beyond mobility.
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