The ACP Repository is a collection of biological samples and data from people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other demyelinating diseases, their affected and unaffected relatives, and unaffected, unrelated matched controls.The demyelinating diseases represented are: MS and Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS), Transverse Myelitis (TM), Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) or Devic's, Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), and Optic Neuritis (ON).
Biosamples and data are provided quickly and at minimal cost to researchers so talented scientists can devote their efforts to their novel research instead of the laborious process of sample collection. The Repository is an open-access resource, meaning that samples and data are available to all researchers regardless of institution or location. Our primary condition for using the biospecimens is that new results from these research studies must be returned to the Repository Database for the future benefit of all researchers.
Since the ACP Repository was started in 2006:
- 10 leading MS clinics from across the U.S. have enrolled almost 3,200 study participants
- We’ve provided biosamples and data for more than 60 research studies worldwide; these studies have contributed significantly to the understanding of MS and related diseases
- More than 1.08x1012 individual results from studies with our biosamples have been returned to the Repository Database
- Research using our biosamples has already generated one blood test that may help determine whether a person has MS
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