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MS Neuroimaging Research

The Brain Imaging Lab and Multiple Sclerosis Center at DHMC have been collaborating for many years on MRI studies to learn more about MS.

We very much encourage MS patients to contact us in order to take part in these studies. We do not use contrast (gadolinium) in any of our imaging. No medications are used. All of our studies provide moderate reimbursement to help ensure that participation comes at no cost to you. Our schedule is very flexible; we are able to work with you to find a convenient time for you to complete the study.

For more information about the research studies below or if you would like to participate, please contact:

Studies that are actively recruiting:

Brain Plasticity/Repair Genes and Neuroimaging in MS

Research to test for genes related to lesions and other MRI findings in MS. Participants complete an MRI and blood draw. You may be eligible to participate if you are an adult and have MS, current or past optic neuritis, or other clinically isolated syndrome. The study involves one visit of about three hours duration.

Imaging Genetics in MS: A Study of Cognitive Outcomes

Research to test for genes related to memory/cognitive problems in MS. Participants complete an MRI, blood draw and cognitive testing. You may be eligible if you are an adult and have MS, current or past optic neuritis, or other clinically isolated syndrome. The study involves one visit of about five hours duration.

Imaging the Neural Basis of Pain in Patients with MS

Research to determine whether pain in MS is related to lesions and other MRI findings. Participants complete an MRI, pain questionnaires, and a pain diary. You may be eligible if you are an adult and have MS, current or past optic neuritis, or other clinically isolated syndrome. The study involves one visit of about three hours duration.

Cognitive Treatment Study

Research to test basic behavioral strategies for managing cognitive problems. Patients are randomly assigned to treatment (9 sessions) or control condition (3 sessions). Each session is one hour. You may be eligible if you are an adult and have MS, current or past optic neuritis, or other clinically isolated syndrome.

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