September 7, 2013
TGen MSA Research Registry
“Quest to Cure MSA in honor of Rex Griswold”
Thank you for your interest in the Translational Genomics Research Institute(TGen) MSA Research Registry.
While we are not currently enrolling participants in a study at this time, adding your name to our registry database allows us to contact you if/when you become eligible for a research study.
Your Privacy Matters
Your contact information will go directly to the Clinical Research Coordinator at TGen. TGen strictly adheres to established confidentiality procedures that are intended to protect the identity of research participants.
If you have questions prior to completing the online registry form, please contact the Clinical Research Coordinator by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To begin the registration process, please visit www.curemsanow.org
September 7, 2013
Seeking Volunteers for Multiple System Atrophy Research Study
The Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan is conducting a research study of brain imaging and clinical symptoms, including problems with movement and loss of balance, speech and swallowing difficulties, significant drop in blood pressure and bladder and/or bowel regulation in Multiple System Atrophy (MSA).
Seeking patients diagnosed with MSA. Subjects may be either male or female, ages 30 and over.
Eligible volunteers will undergo:
- Questionnaires on symptoms
- Movement and memory testing
- Brain MRI Scan
- PET Brain Scans
Participants will receive compensation for study participation at completion of the study. Volunteer fees are paid and support of travel and lodging costs are available.
August 15, 2013
“A large worldwide collaborative effort to identify genetic mutations in patients with multiple-system atrophy (MSA) has finally paid off — and offers a surprising hint about the molecular targets at work and how neurologists might think about treating patients. Right now, there are no treatments for the complex and disabling condition.”
Read the full article from Neurology Today
The MSA Coalition are super excited to let you know that we’re part of the #STARTARYOT Challenge. The Challenge is a fundraising campaign being launched by RYOT, the first news website that lets you take action on every story you read.
The charity that raises the most throughout the Challenge will get a $75,000 from RYOT. Second place gets $50,000 and third gets $25,000. We’re out to raise as much money as possible for our cause so we can win that $75,000 grand prize donation.
As a supporter of MSA Research, you know the impact that a Challenge like this can have and the MSA Coalition needs your help!
To donate or to set up your own fundraiser for this challenge please Go to:
Fundraising Websites – Crowdrise
Click “Donate” or ‘Create Your Fundraiser.’ In seconds, you’ll have your own fundraiser that you can share with all of your family and friends so that you can raise money for our cause too.
And, please help us spread the word. If you email a list of your co-workers, family and friends and ask them to help, we can get that much closer to winning the grand prize and raising so much money for our cause.
Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) is a rare and fatal neurodegenerative disease. Approximately 15,000 Americans are diagnosed and living with MSA at any given time.
MSA has an average life expectancy of 5-9 years. There is no cure and no disease modifying treatments have not been identified.
Money for multiple system atrophy research is desperately needed. Every dollar will help. No donation is too small or too big.
Donations made for this #STARTARYOT participant will go to The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition. The MSA Coalition is a US based 501(c)3 with an established MSA Research Fund. 100% of donations made to this campaign will go directly into the MSA research Fund.
MSA Research will be funded later this year with money from the MSA Research Fund. The MSA Coalition will fund the most promising research for finding a cure as determined by the Coalition’s world-class Scientific Advisory Board.
Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference! Start a team. Join a team. Donate. The choice is yours.
Thank you for supporting Multiple System Atrophy Research!
StartARyot on CrowdRise is a great way for The MSA Coalition to raise money and awareness and hopefully a big prize.
Thus you are invited to help raise money for Multiple System Atrophy Research and Awareness benefiting The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition.
Simply go to the page below and click the big FUNDRAISE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN button and you’ll instantly have your own fundraising page as a part of our Team.
August 5, 2013
Back in June we reached out to Representative Keith Ellison’s office (Minnesota) to ask if he would be the sponsor of a National Bill designating March as MSA Awareness Month. His congressional aide Rick Jauert had passed away of MSA in early June. Rick had once posted on the MSA Awareness Month Facebook page asking if anyone had proposed a bill in congress. I’m happy to report that I heard today from Keith Ellison’s legislative assistant in Washington DC that she will start working on the wording of this legislation. I will share more updates as I get them. – Thanks to all for your hard work during March 2013 to get more recognition for MSA, your efforts have encouraged all of us to greater achievements for MSA! Best regards, Pam Bower
Rick Jauert with Michelle Obama
by Molly Clarke
July 2, 2013
A diagnosis of Multiple System Atrophy (MSA)—a degenerative neurological condition—can affect an individual’s entire life. Although the symptoms of MSA progress differently for each individual, many people find that they can no longer work or earn a living once their symptoms reach a certain point. Loss of income and lack of medical insurance can cause a significant financial burden.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with MSA, you may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. The following article will give you a general overview of the SSD system and will provide you with the information needed to begin the application process.
Read Molly’s full article here.
The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition
cordially invites MSA Patients, Caregivers and Families
The 2013 MSA Coalition Annual Conference
If you are interested in attending there are two steps to follow
on our website
2. RESERVE YOUR ROOM
at the special group MSA rate of $84 plus taxes = grand total per night is $ 96.13
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the MSA Coalition toll free 1-866-737-4999 or 1-866-737-5999 or email Judy Biedenharn email@example.com
About the 2013 MSA Coalition Annual Conference
Conference Fee: There is NO FEE to attend the conference, you are guests of the MSA Coalition. Please REGISTER so we can plan appropriately.
Hotel and Travel: Attendees are responsible for their own travel and hotel expenses. Please RESERVE at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel at the Special Group MSA rate of $84 plus taxes (total per night = $ 96.13)
Food Service: Food is provided FREE OF CHARGE by the MSA Coalition
Friday Night: Hors d’oeuvres and Beverages (6PM – 9PM)
Saturday: Breakfast Buffet (7:30 – 8:45 AM) and Lunch Buffet (Noon)
Beverages and snacks will be provided throughout the day.
*** Special Diet: If anyone in your party requires a special diet, you must let us know specifically what your dietary requirements are when you Register so we can give the hotel food supervisor notice of the special needs.
The 2013 MSA Coalition Annual Conference Agenda
Sep 6: Friday Evening (6 PM – 9 PM)
for Patients, Caregivers, Family Members and Healthcare Professionals
Hors d’oeuvres and Beverages will be served.
Sep 7: Saturday (7:30 AM – 5 PM)
7:30 AM Buffet Breakfast (Free)
9:00 AM Medical Presentations
10:30 AM Break & Snacks
10:45 AM Medical Presentations
12:00 Noon Buffet Lunch (Free)
1:00 PM Medical Presentations
2:15 PM Break & Snacks
2:30 PM Medical Panel – Q & A
4:00 PM Patient/Caregiver/Survivor Breakout Sessions
5:00 PM Conference Closing