Fighting multiple sclerosis through scientific research

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2007

Mission

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. The body causes damage to its own tissues in this system, particularly the fatty tissue that surrounds and protects the nerve fibers mainly in the brain and spinal cord. These attacks cause disorders that may result in a physical handicap. In Belgium, which is a high-risk region, close to 15. 000 people are diagnosed with the MS disease. The Charcot foundation supports scientific researches with the goal of improving the existing treatments, reducing the side effects and examining therapeutic combinations that have been successful for other autoimmune diseases. In the future, the foundation will support researches aimed to develop new treatments to stop the MS disease when diagnosed.

What does Charcot Foundation do?

  • Fundamental research: More than 3 million € have been spent on fundamental research on MS. This research has come up with knowledge on the mechanisms of the disease. Thanks to this researches, a treatment that stops the progression of the disease have been found. This treatment is recognized as one of the six treatments for MS. Every year, the Charcot foundation allows a budget of € 200,000  for the fundamental research in MS.
  • Charcot Fellowship : MS Fellowship for PhD student for 4 years : First edition 2017-2020
  • Clinical research: Since 2008, the foundation supports a clinical research PIXAMS Fase I/II that aims to develop a treatment against a severe form of MS. 
  • Information : The Charcot foundation publishes half-yearly a newsletter distributed in all the centres of neurology in Belgium to the attention of both the doctors and the patients.

The Charcot foundation is completely independent and covers the whole Belgian country. Its financial means are provided by donations, legacies and the support of private partners. In 30 years time the Charcot foundation has supported 132 projects of more than 200 researchers in different universities, institutes or research centres in Belgium.

How can you help?

Financial donations:

  • Support to increase the Charcot Fund for fundamental research : € 50,000 / project

  • Creating a second "Charcot Fellowship" Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship for PhD student for 4 years (2019-2022): € 50,000 / year

Volunteers

  • Logistic help during events and in het handling of our mailings
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