Golf stars in fundraising drive for multiple sclerosis research
16 June 2015
A Pro-Am golf competition was held in aid of the University of Edinburgh's MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine at Woking Golf Club in Surrey.
Solheim Cup players Trish Johnson and Becky Brewerton were amongst the elite ladies taking part.
The money raised will support research at the Centre that uses stem cells to investigate how MS develops.
The competition was organised by the charity One More Hill.
Our goal is to keep raising money for research aimed at reducing or hopefully even eliminating many of the terrible effects of MS on people's lives.
David Hill, co-founder of One More Hill
MS is a neurological condition that affects around 100,000 people in the UK. The condition occurs when a protective layer surrounding nerve cells in the brain called myelin breaks down. Scientists at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine are researching how and why myelin becomes damaged. They are also investigating the body's natural mechanisms for repairing damaged myelin, so that they can identify opportunities for new and improved treatments.
There are currently no treatments that can slow or stop the progression of MS.
We are confident that research using stem cells will soon help us to answer the urgent need for new MS treatments that can slow, stop or reverse the symtpoms of this condition. "We are very grateful to One More Hill for their continued support, which has already wholly funded a PhD studentship in MS research.
Professor Charles ffrench-Constant, Director of the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine
Images: Joanna Plumbe photography