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Multiple Sclerosis Center

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. The central nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. In MS, the body attacks myelin, the protective substance coating millions of nerve fibers. When the myelin or nerve fiber is damaged, nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord are distorted.

The symptoms of MS are variable and unpredictable. They can be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. Problems with fatigue, bladder, bowel control or sexual function are common. The progression and severity of MS varies from person to person.

The Multiple Sclerosis Center at the UC San Diego Neurological Institute is led by Revere (Rip) Kinkel, MD, an internationally recognized neurologist. The Center’s top priority is the people it serves. People diagnosed with MS and their families face years of many unknowns. Loss of cognition or vision, reduced mobility and emotional changes, among many other symptoms, can become life-altering, multidimensional challenges. In response to these challenges, the Multiple Sclerosis Center works as a multidisciplinary team with physical therapists, psychiatrists, mobility experts and others to provide complete care for people with MS. 


People with MS have access through the Center to leading-edge research in the development of new therapies. Current research includes a placebo-controlled clinical study of the effectiveness of marijuana to relieve the muscle pain and rigidity associated with MS. Find out more about our research and clinical trials, and how you can participate. 

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For information or an appointment, call 619-543-3500.


Virtual Multiple Sclerosis Center
A site created by some of the world's leading MS experts for patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers.

Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis
A national nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating finding a cure for MS by facilitating research to determine the causes and mechanisms of MS.

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
National nonprofit organization providing support and direct services to individuals with MS and the people close to them.

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
Provides programs to help people with MS stay self-sufficient and safe in their homes. The organization heightens public awareness and promotes better understanding of the disease.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National nonprofit health agency dedicated to research, support and advocacy for people with MS.

Multiple Sclerosis National Research Institute
A division of Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies focused on MS research.

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