UW News

January 28, 2010

UW experts among those to decode multiple sclerosis on UWTV

You’ve seen the commercials and the billboards: The Northwest has a higher incidence of multiple sclerosis than most anywhere on Earth, and no one knows why.

But starting next month, the UW invites you to take an in-depth look at multiple sclerosis with a new series on UWTV called MS from A to Z.

UW researchers as well as national and international experts will explore the disease — from its history to pain management and employment for those living with MS — through nine new programs, on UWTV and online . Tune in for the first program in this series at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2.

The series is being offered by the the UW’s Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center in partnership with the Greater Northwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society,

Dr. George Kraft, the program host, principal investigator of the UW training center and the director of the Western Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Center, says that “this is the most comprehensive presentation of MS to the public that has ever been done. With this program, for the first time, experts on MS will be able to come into the homes of viewers around the country and the world.”

A new MS from A to Z program will premieres at 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

In the Puget Sound, UWTV is available on cable channel 27 or online at www.uwtv.org. UWTV will also share the program nationally through the ResearchChannel on Dish Network channel 9400. The programs will be available to watch anytime online  and www.researchchannel.org, and via free downloadable podcasts through both sites.

MS from A to Z has been supported by an educational grant from Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.