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This Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week MS Society Scotland were at Holyrood to raise awareness of the important role research plays in the lives of people affected by MS.

MS affects more than 11,000 people in Scotland and can cause problems with how we walk, move, see, think and feel. But the MS Society is driving research into more – and better – treatments.

The charity currently funds 10 research projects in Scotland with the studies receiving over £3.56million over their lifetimes.

Scottish Conservative MSP for Lothian, Jeremy Balfour, pledged his support for the crucial research being done in Scotland to stop MS.

Jeremy said : “MS is more common in Scotland than most other countries in the world.  The research projects funded by the MS Society are carrying out important research that will help us better understand this condition and hopefully fund a cure. It is important we continue to support this research.”

Morna Simpkins, director of MS Society Scotland said: “This MS Awareness Week we are highlighting the importance of MS research.

“For more than 11,000 people in Scotland, living with MS is a daily reality. This is why the MS Society is driving cutting-edge research into more – and better treatments to ultimately stop MS. 

“By contributing and joining a global group of fundraisers people can help us find new treatments for people living with the often painful and exhausting condition.”

MS is an unpredictable condition that is different for everyone. It affects how a person thinks, feels and moves. For support and information, please contact the helpline on 0808 800 8000.