Welcome to Summer and to the second issue of  NARCOMS Now.

We have devoted this issue to exploring multiple sclerosis and the arts, including a look at the potential role of music as a form of therapy. We also interview Phil Keoghan, host of television’s “Amazing Race” series, who has raised more than a million dollars toward the treatment and cure of MS.

The staff of NARCOMS recently attended the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) annual meeting, May 30 through June 2 in San Diego. Findings from research using NARCOMS data were presented on a variety of topics, and we look forward to reporting these to you in the Fall issue of NARCOMS Now. These medical meetings provide important opportunities for researchers and medical practitioners to:

Share research findings

Get feedback from others about our research

Ask for ideas on how to tackle tough questions or understand confusing results

Generate topics for future research

The meeting presentations are examples of the important ways in which data collected from the NARCOMS surveys can be studied to bring researchers, doctors, and caregivers closer to understanding how better to treat and, one day, cure MS. Look for news and reports from the conference in the Fall issue of NARCOMS Now.

We hope you will continue to join with us as we work to achieve our NARCOMS mission to improve clinical care and quality of life for persons with multiple sclerosis and their families, through increased knowledge about MS. We also hope you are enjoying the new look and feel of NARCOMS Now, and its accompanying website: www.narcoms.org/narcomsnow.

Please don’t hesitate to let us know what you think. And tell a friend with MS about NARCOMS—we would love to bring more people into NARCOMS to help us better understand MS directly from the people it affects!