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.