National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National MS Society

The New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society is committed to helping the 12,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the five boroughs and Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties continue moving their lives forward. The chapter raises funds locally to support the Society’s critical research initiatives and to provide hundreds of comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS, their family and friends.

The Society’s mission is that people affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.

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  • Pediatric MS

    It’s estimated that 8,000 to 10,000 children have MS and another 10 to 15,000 children have experienced neurologic symptoms that may be suggestive of MS. Some of these children will go on to develop MS in adulthood, while others will not.

  • Studies Funded

    The Mario Batali Foundation Funded “The neurodevelopmental influence of pediatric versus adult onset MS on cognition.” This study involves the Network of U.S. Pediatric MS Centers, and will enroll 150 individuals with pediatric-onset MS, a group of 100 similarly aged healthy controls, and a group of 100 individuals with adult-onset MS. These results will provide key groundwork for developing future rehabilitative strategies, as have been established for other pediatric conditions. The data gathered will also explain how MS affects cognitive development, and can guide families, educators, and health care providers in optimizing these children’s care.

  • Studies Funded

    The Mario Batali Foundation also funded the “Mentor-Based Postdoctoral Fellowships in Rehabilitation Research.” The specific focus of the postdoctoral research training program is to educate the next generation of researchers on rehabilitation strategies for children with MS. Fellows who complete the training will be uniquely equipped to conduct rehabilitation-oriented research focusing on improving quality of life and outcomes for children who have MS.