Gut reactions:

Understanding MS through the microbiome

The International MS MICROBIOME Study

The Anne Rowling Clinic is taking part in an exciting new international study of gut bacteria and their genes in multiple sclerosis 

What is the International MS Microbiome Study?

We all have millions of bacteria living inside us. This exciting new international study compares the bacteria (microbiome) present in people with and without MS.

Why is it important?

Early evidence suggests bacteria in the gut may influence whether a person develops MS and the potential disease course.

What could we learn?

We could learn which bacteria are needed to restore a healthy balance which may lead to new MS treatments based on diet.

What can you do?

You may be able to take part if you have been diagnosed with MS and have somebody living with you who is willing to pair up with you.

What is involved?

Participants have a single study visit where they complete questionnaires, have a clinical examination and give a blood sample.

You will also be asked to provide a stool sample at home after the visit which you can post directly to our laboratories using a pre-prepared pack.

Am I eligible?

People with MS may be eligible if they:

  • are at least 18 years old
  • are not on steroids or antibiotics or had any gastro infections recently
  • have no confirmed diagnosis of any other autoimmune disease or chronic infectious disease
  • have someone living with them who is willing to participate in the study as a control
  • willing and able to provide a blood and stool sample

If you are a control for somebody with MS you may be eligible if you:

  • are at least 18 years old
  • are not on steroids or antibiotics or had any gastro infections recently
  • have no confirmed diagnosis of any other autoimmune disease or chronic infectious disease
  • willing and able to provide a blood and stool sample

There are other eligibilty criteria so the best way to find out if you are eligibe is to email denise.cranley@nhs.net or phone 0131 465-9517

How can I take part?

Please email denise.cranley@nhs.net or phone 0131 465-9517 and ask for Denise Cranley.

You can also discuss this with your MS nurse or consultant at your next visit.

 

Study documentation:

Patient information leaflet

       

Find out more on the iMSMS study website