Research day Question Time-Question#7


The seventh and last Question of Question Time filmed for the MS Blog at the Research Day February 2013. 

Question 7.
Will there be a cure for ms within the next 5-10 years? (Q.posted 29th Dec. 2012)”.

David Baker
Jeremy Chataway
Ruth Dobson
Ila Gangotra
Gavin Giovannoni
Gareth Pryce-Chair
Vasilis Vasilopoulos

For Introductions see Beginning of Question 1

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  • The real surprise of the QT sessions, for me at least, is Vasilis Vasilopoulos. His answers were balanced and reasoned. He didn't promote his CCSVI agenda, and actually answered the questions posed with objectivity and thought.

    Well done to all. Ila Gangotra was a welcome addition to proceedings, contributing a distinct grace and understanding to the event. I liked Ruth Dobson, also.

    The scientists were highly interesting as usual, though, I can see why some people were ruffled by Prof G's remarks regarding Asian communities forced implementation of female house arrest in order to not let them tan. Still, controversy always comes when debates happen, just look at any BBC Question Time for proof of that.

    I hope we can have these sessions again next year, perhaps with a real audience posing the questions to a panel with no prior knowledge of them.

    • Prof G, Sir Jeremy and Dr Ruth and Ila were essentially straight off the cuff. In the real question time on the BBC the questions are fed to the chair so they are not out of the blue. However the reposte from the audience is out of the blue. Gareth had a panel of about twenty questions that vv had responded to the evening earlier. Gareth did not know what those responses were and picked the questions on the day.

    • It is not forced implementation, it is cultural. I think it is interesting that you see, say Japenese tourists with massive hats, umberellas/parasols and gloves in the summer heat covered, when I am on holiday in my shorts trying to get a tan. Likewise in Japan I noticed that people wear masks when they have a cold.

      The point is not racism but thinking about vitamin D and risk factors. Members of Team G with darker skin have lower vitamin D levels in winter than our members from the meditarranean. The UK sun is pants for vitamin D therefore what you think about, it an change behaviour e.g. dietry supplement to reduce your risk.

  • Agree that there is a "cure" already out there: it's HSCT, but it's a sledge hammer to crack a nut. At least this treatment is available to people who have failed first and second line treatments… it's always nice to know that there is a way to stop it if it gets that bad.

    Let's hope that the Charcot Project comes up trumps and we can actually identify the underlying cause of MS, rather than re-booting the immune system, but leaving the underlying cause still active to potentially strike again.

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