Welcome

Welcome to the website for Transregional Collaborative Research Center (CRC) SFB TR-128 Initiating/effector versus regulatory mechanisms in Multiple Sclerosis – progress towards tackling the disease. On this site you will find general information regarding the CRC as well as more specific information about its individual research projects.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS) in the western world and it leads to devastating disability in young adults, with only limited treatment options currently available. The socioeconomic burden of this disease is tremendous, since healthcare costs are very high and it affects decisions young patients must make for the rest of their lives. Findings in patients are a complex composite of inflammation (with demyelination, remyelination, axonal/neuronal damage) typically in subcortical, but also cortical, disseminated lesions as well as neurodegeneration. Remissions of clinical relapses point to repair capacities of the CNS, which exhibits strong interindividual and course dependent differences.

Heinz Wiendl
Spokesperson

Frauke Zipp
Co-Spokesperson

News

Thu, 28/01/2021
BioNTech Publishes Data on Novel mRNA Vaccine Approach to Treat Autoimmune Diseases in Science
BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX, “BioNTech” or “the Company”) announced the publication of preclinical data on its novel mRNA vaccine approach against autoimmune diseases in the peer-reviewed journal Science. The publication titled “A non-inflammatory mRNA vaccine for treatment of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis” co-authored by SFB principal investigator Ari Waisman summarizes the findings on the disease-suppressing effects […]...more
Wed, 20/01/2021
A new study on neurological manifestations of severe COVID-19 reveals nervous system immune deficiency
Patients suffering from COVID-19 can develop concomitant and long-term symptoms in their nervous system. The most common symptom in this context is the loss of the sense of smell and taste, while more severe symptoms such as stroke, cerebral seizures, or meningitis are possible. A team of scientists from the medical faculties at the Universities […]...more
Fri, 15/01/2021
Sunlight exposure exerts immunomodulatory effects to reduce multiple sclerosis severity
It has long been acknowledged that multiple sclerosis disease risk is associated with reduced sun-exposure, and subsequent low vitamin D levels. The study by Ostkamp et al. now assessed the relationship between measures of sun exposure and MS severity. For this, the researchers analyzed data of around 2,000 patients from the German NationMS- and the […]...more