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Albany scientist explores possible relief for Multiple Sclerosis

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ALBANY, N.Y. — An Albany Medical College research scientist has potentially found a way to provide relief for symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.

Dorina Avram, professor in the Center for Immunology and Microbial Disease at Albany Medical College, said she was able to eliminate symptoms in mice that have MS-like symptoms. This is done by removing a molecule to alter the immune system's T-cells.

"If this method works in people, we don't expect it would provide a cure but rather an extended remission. Of course, we are still in the early phases of research but this is an important development that opens up new possibilities," said Dr. Avram.

Dr. Avram said the work could highlight a new therapeutic strategy for MS, a disease that affects 350,000 Americans.

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