BrAMS Clinical Centre

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common disabling neurological disease of young adults.

In the UK alone, over 100,000 people suffer from MS and it affects thousands more through their friends, family and carers.

The Bristol and Avon Multiple Sclerosis (BrAMS) centre combines leading clinical services with cutting edge research.

The team at BrAMS has already established itself as a centre of excellence, bringing together world-class neuroscientists to advance research, clinical care and discover new treatments for this life-changing disease.

History

The BrAMS centre was originally opened in December 2008 at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol as the first of its kind in the UK, providing pioneering research, treatment and therapy for people with MS in the South West and beyond.  Since opening, the number of patients accessing this centre has steadily grown.  We now see in the order of 2000 MS patients per year.  Many of these patients have helped or continue to help in research trials conducted by the team at BrAMS.

The growing BrAMS team have been working alongside the Parkinson’s Unit, Bristol University and BRACE to establish a new £1.6 million facility at Southmead Hospital – the Brain Centre. 

The Brain Centre opened in May 2015 and provides an integrated treatment and research facility for patients with neurological conditions, making diagnosis, treatment and respite care easier and more effective.

Research

Stem cell research offers the potential for exciting developments in many areas of medicine, including the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). Professor Neil Scolding and the MS and Stem Cell Research Group are focusing on understanding the cell biology of multiple sclerosis, focusing on the repair of the nervous system through stem cell therapy to prevent nerve fibre loss and to help repair damage.

Pioneering research undertaken by the unit investigates how treatment with bone marrow stem cells might be beneficial to people with MS and this may eventually lead to new treatments.

The BrAMS centre also participates in many ongoing international and national multicentre clinical studies, testing drugs to see whether they should be approved for wider use in the general population for those with MS. The BrAMS centre has earned a reputation as a centre of excellence for the coordination of MS clinical trials.

BrAMS is looking for funding to support its ongoing research programmes and clinical posts to support patients.

How you can make a difference  

Donations can be made to support BrAMS through Southmead Hospital Charity with all funds going directly to the provision of clinical research and facilities at the BrAMS centre and its laboratory research based at Southmead Hospital Bristol.

You can support the work of BrAMS through Southmead Hospital Charity and make a real and lasting difference to the future of those with multiple sclerosis.

Find out more about taking part in a fundraising challenge or how to give a one off donation. 

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