Robert Motl, PhD, was recently awarded a new grant (CA-1708-29059) by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to address the growing cohort of older adults with MS and the normal age-related declines in physical and psychological functioning that are seemingly compounded by the disease and its progression.
The new collaborative MS research center titled, Healthy Aging through LifesTyle in Multiple Sclerosis: The HALT MS Research Center, will facilitate collaboration among a core of six established MS or gerontology scientists on the UAB campus who will have the expressed mission of stimulating interdisciplinary research on lifestyle and wellness for healthy aging in MS. Motl stated, "The collaboration of researchers with expertise in MS and aging processes will accelerate the progress toward identifying lifestyle-based solutions for promoting healthy aging with MS." The HALT MS Research Center will represent an incubator that attracts investigators from diverse disciplines across the UAB campus through interdisciplinary, collaborative pilot research grants.
As part of its overarching goals of stopping MS progression, restoring function, and ending MS forever, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society offers special funding for Collaborative MS Research Centers to help stimulate collaboration and interaction in MS research among independent investigators, strengthen the ties between basic and clinical research, and stimulate recruitment of researchers from other fields into MS research. This will serve to leverage already available research support. To be considered for funding, all projects must show relevance to the Society's research mission of stopping MS progression, restoring function and improving quality of life, and preventing MS.