National Multiple Sclerosis Society awards CSCC contract

The Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center is delighted to have been awarded a 4-year contract by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to function as the Data Coordination and AnalysisCenterfor the Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence Network. David Couper, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics, will lead the DCAC.

In 2006 the National MS Society established the nationwide Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence Network to provide comprehensive evaluation and care to children and teens (up to age 18) with MS, and other related central nervous system demyelinating disorders. The centers were selected on the basis of having multidisciplinary teams of adult and child specialists; ties to an adult MS center; staff to evaluate and address school and other psycho-social issues; support for families; and the ability to work collaboratively with other institutions in the network. The DCAC is developing a data management system for a consolidated database for the Network and will help Network investigators analyze their data. The DCAC will also collaborate with Network investigators on designing, seeking funding for, and conducting research studies into causes of and treatments for pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis

“The National MS Society is pleased and enthused to be working with the CollaborativeStudiesCoordinatingCenteron this landmark initiative to collect and analyze this data on children and teens. We expect it will lead to better treatment and understanding of MS in both children and ultimately adults with MS,” said Deborah Hertz, Associate Vice President, Medical Programs.

The National MS Society helps each person address the challenges of living with MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. In 2007 alone, through its national office and 50 state network of chapters, the Society devoted over $136 million to programs that enhanced more than one million lives. To help move closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested over $50 million to support 440 research projects around the world. Further information about the National MS Society is available on its website at

People interested in more information on multiple sclerosis (either pediatric-onset or adult-onset) may contact Arney Rosenblat at (212)476-0436 or by email at