A new partnership between the UK’s MS Society and the UK Stem Cell Foundation (UKSCF) has strengthened the country’s commitment to treating multiple sclerosis (MS) and opened the door for more joint-funded research.

The partnership will encourage research and development in using stem cells to treat MS, and will provide joint funding of up to £1m.

MS Society biomedical research manager Dr Doug Brown said that stem cells are showing real promise in MS.

“The sooner we can take the science from the bench to the bedside, the sooner people with MS will get the answers they so desperately need,” Brown said.

The MS Society and UKSCF will work together to raise awareness of MS and stem cell research with the aim of attracting high-quality research applications.