Dr. Jonah Chan's Groundbreaking MS Research

Yesterday, neuroscientist and National MS Society fellow, Jonah Chan, PhD, became the first recipient of a new international prize launched to recognize innovation and progress in multiple sclerosis research. His unique research into brain repair in MS has the potential to transform the treatment of MS. 

Among the accomplishments for which he was recognized, Dr. Chan invented new nanofiber and micropillar technologies to rapidly identify compounds that stimulate the regrowth of the myelin nerve casing, which is damaged in MS. He is now testing thousands of compounds, including some FDA approved therapies, to explore agents that may promote remyelination and repair in MS - a strategy that could shave years off the development of important new treatments.

Meet Dr. Chan and learn about what drives him to push MS research further:  

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  • Debi Olson   Sep 18, 2013 4:18 PM
    Thank you, Dr. Chan, from all of us pretending to be patient while waiting for a cure.
  • raid ruyyashi   Sep 18, 2013 4:28 PM
    halo thankes to all
  • Alex Damiani   Sep 18, 2013 4:44 PM
    Thank you for all your hard work and vision!
  • Elsie P. Puig   Sep 18, 2013 5:02 PM
    Thanks for your researchs and time dedícate to improve the life of MS's patients! I hope could be useful for my daughter !
  • Denise Parker   Sep 18, 2013 5:42 PM
    Thank you, thank you, and thank you!
  • Pamela   Sep 18, 2013 5:51 PM
    I pray it is soon. Thank you for caring!
  • Wendy   Sep 18, 2013 5:54 PM
    Thank you, Dr. Chan, for continuing to look for therapies for MS patients! Your efforts are appreciated.
  • Leanne   Sep 18, 2013 6:04 PM
    Thank you so much for using your talents to help those of us with MS. You rock!!
  • Marlon   Sep 18, 2013 6:05 PM
    Thanks for caring and thanks for all your hard work..when will we all start to see some of these therapies become main stream?
  • Ruth   Sep 18, 2013 6:09 PM
    This is SO exciting!!! We are all praying for a cure through research like this.
  • Beth-Ann   Sep 18, 2013 6:09 PM
    Thank you for all you are doing . Please be safe on that motorcycle, we need for you to be around for many more years to come, so your visions become realities.
  • Sonda Dispenza   Sep 18, 2013 6:19 PM
    An incredible surprise development! It lends encouragement to all living with MS. THANK YOU, Dr. Chan, for your dedicated research in this field!!!
  • Jane   Sep 18, 2013 6:36 PM
    Thank you for your dedication to MS research.
  • Kathleem Reardon   Sep 18, 2013 7:15 PM
    Thank you Dr Chan. Living with PPMS, keeping myself in top shape & waiting for the cure.
  • Chris Myers   Sep 18, 2013 7:41 PM
    Very interesting. I've been doing Tysabri for about 5 years, and I don't feel any better. Looking forward to hearing more......
  • shelley   Sep 18, 2013 7:44 PM
    There are no words to thank you enough for caring for your persistence in trying to find the answers
  • Kelli   Sep 18, 2013 8:01 PM
    Thank u Dr!!!!
  • Amanda   Sep 18, 2013 8:07 PM
    Dr. Chan, you may just be my hero.
  • Diana Thomas   Sep 18, 2013 8:22 PM
    MS research is a small niche area but to those of us who hope, it is everything in the world. Thank you for your commitment.
  • Paul Brandow   Sep 18, 2013 10:16 PM
    This gives me some real hope to reverse damage already done. I'd like to walk again without a walker or a cane. Thank You.
  • Hakan Andersson   Sep 18, 2013 11:09 PM
    The best hope from me in Sweden
    Thank you for your dedication to MS research.
    Håkan Andersson
  • Margherita   Sep 19, 2013 3:48 AM
    Thank you for your hard work!! It would be great to walk without a cane!!
  • Karen   Sep 19, 2013 8:32 AM
    May God be with you in that lab to find a cure.
  • Lisa Leiby   Sep 19, 2013 8:54 AM
    I've been praying for years I.am a nurse so I undestand.i know there are things aka, myelin injections etc. I just feel. I'm not doing enough..ive taken tysabri forever any help appreciated!
  • Tracy Bennett   Sep 19, 2013 10:21 AM
    Never give up. Keep being impatient and going for what us MS folks call the gold... if you won't give up, I won't give up. Thank you.
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    amyfred  Sep 19, 2013 10:34 AM
    This is wonderful! So exciting to hear about this topic being researched further. Nice Ducati Dr. Chan! Here's to all this research keeping me on my Monster that much longer!
  • joy   Sep 19, 2013 11:21 AM
    Thank you isn't enough...you rock!!!
  • Brenda   Sep 19, 2013 12:17 PM
    Thank God and thank you Dr. Chang!
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    Brown-Poodle  Sep 19, 2013 1:20 PM
    Thank you for your work for all those who have MS. I hope you find help for those who have this terrible disease.
    My son would love to have help so he can enjoy his son while he is young.
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    Brown-Poodle  Sep 19, 2013 1:20 PM
    Thank you for your work for all those who have MS. I hope you find help for those who have this terrible disease.
    My son would love to have help so he can enjoy his son while he is young.
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    RachJ13  Sep 19, 2013 2:39 PM
    Thank you, it's all I can say because the rest is more than I can say!
  • rob r.   Sep 20, 2013 12:26 PM
    Dr Chan right on!! As an MS'er, I wonder why so much reseearch is being done but no cure and no remyleination has been achieved. It seems a fairly simple thing to find a way to "fix" or patch up the lesioned areas. Kind of like putting mortar on cracked pavement to prevent water form getting thru. It sd be possible to do....though I read that nanoparticles adn "noodles" will enable delivery "thru" the scarred lesions, which seems to be the key to successful patching! Pls keep going adn never ever stop until you find this!!!! adn pls collaborate with other sceintists, working together will bring results faster!!!! God bless
  • Phillip N.   Sep 21, 2013 9:54 AM
    " Thank you ". A cure will be there one day for all of us with MS. Thank you!
  • Joan Loya   Sep 21, 2013 7:53 PM
    Dr Chan, may you and your devoted team-researchers successfully discover the links to overcoming MS.

    Many beautiful people out there need your success in turn for theirs
  • Jill   Sep 25, 2013 3:51 PM
    Just watched the video. I've become an impatient person like you. I'm a fellow U of I grad ( Urbana & Med.Center)! I was diagnosed in 1982, so I am more than ready for a cure. I was a physical therapist. I'd like to get back to work!
  • Michael Gutierrez   Sep 28, 2013 2:49 PM
    i want to thank the doctor for his research and i hope he does find this cure for ms which has stricken many and has taken my dad.
  • renus  Sep 29, 2013 9:31 AM
    I hope some cure is discovered soon coz even after discovery it will take lots of time to reach india n other under developed countries. i just cant envision ending up in wheelchair. i m not very brave. i cant get rid of my anxiety n depression. what to do?
  • Susan   Oct 6, 2013 1:17 PM
    I know there are many doctors like you who would like to see the end of this suffering but there aren't many who know how. I hope it is in my life time. Thank you for your dedication. Susan
  • Susan   Oct 6, 2013 1:17 PM
    I know there are many doctors like you who would like to see the end of this suffering but there aren't many who know how. I hope it is in my life time. Thank you for your dedication. Susan
  • Adrian's Father (Martin Rodriguez)   Oct 17, 2013 3:23 PM
    Congratulation and keep the good work .
  • Ann Kenney   Nov 15, 2013 11:00 PM
    Go Dr. Chan! I know some scientists that could help you. Dr. James Yarger and Dr. Steven Nye from Endece in Mequon, WI. Please look at Endece.com and contact them. I've been on Tysabri for six years and would love to get rid of my MS symptoms for good. Please put your brains together to come up with a cure ASAP!
  • Marlon   Dec 12, 2013 2:55 PM
    Thank you for caring,Dr. jonah Chan . We love you. careful on that bike.
    you can do it, you can do it, i wank to walk n run . HELP US
    Thanks Marlon