And just like that, we turn the page on another year and welcome 2017! It’s hard to believe 2016 has come and gone—we wish you a very happy holiday season and a happy new year. It’s also hard to believe we are coming up on five years of publishing NARCOMS Now magazine (in Spring 2017). We’ve come a long way, and we appreciate you joining us for the ride. 



      In this edition of NARCOMS Now, we are examining the impact of visual symptoms and conditions that can occur in multiple sclerosis. Visual symptoms are often the first signs that neurological changes are taking place, sending participants to see their doctors. We touch on some of the most common conditions affecting vision in individuals with multiple sclerosis, including optic neuritis, nystagmus, and displopia (see “Feature Focus,” page 4.) In addition we review some of the more recent research in optical imaging as a tool to track disease progression in MS.



      You’ll notice a change in the inside front cover page in this issue, where we modify the original artwork of renowned MS researcher and clinician Thomas “Jock” Murray (see our “Feature Focus” interview with him from Fall 2014) to reflect the impact of visual impairment that can be caused by MS. Tell us what you think!



      “MS Reflections” is a closer look at research based on data provided by you, our NARCOMS participants, on tremor—a symptom many individuals with MS experience but which does not seem to have an effective treatment in many cases. In this issue of “MS Reflections” there is an exciting legislative announcement that will support medical research. “MS News” recaps the latest research news findings from the late fall European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) annual conference with a focus on research results in progressive MS.  



      As we head into spring, we thank you in advance for completing our Spring Survey. We are grateful for your continued participation in NARCOMS. Don’t forget to send us your own MS stories for our “Faces of NARCOMS” feature in each issue.



      Have a lovely holiday season and happy New Year!






                   Dr. Ruth Ann Marrie
                   Managing Director, NARCOMS