Cambridgeshire Freemasons discover the impact of their donation to research into Multiple Sclerosis

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Cambridgeshire Freemasons gathered in march masonic hall on friday 6th march 2020 for a fascinating talk describing the effects of multiple sclerosis and how research, funded in part by freemasons, is moving towards a potential cure

Multiple sclerosis is a condition that affects your brain and spinal cord when the coating (myelin) that protects your nerves is damaged. This causes a range of symptoms like blurred vision and problems with how we move, think and feel. More than 130,000 people in the UK have MS and are most likely to find out they have MS in their thirties, forties and fifties. Many people notice their first symptoms years before they get their diagnosis.

The enthralling talk was entitled “Repairing the Brain from Multiple Sclerosis” and was delivered by lead researcher Reverend Professor Alastair Coles, who received £100,000 from the Freemasons’ national Grand Charity (now part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation) in 2010.

Professor Coles, a neuroscientist and consultant at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and Cambridge University Medical School is leading a team carrying out ground-breaking research into Multiple Sclerosis. Having already developed a way to stop the condition developing, Professor Coles and his team are turning their attention to finding a cure, which is now at the very early clinical trial stage.

The presentation explained in clear lay terms Professor Coles’ work and the progress being made as well as the hurdles he is overcoming. The many questions after the talk which showed how well Professor Coles had explained both the illness and the potential benefits of the research.

The talk was followed by dinner, at which the Leader of Cambridgeshire Freemasons Bill Dastur presented Professor Coles with a further £1,000.

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