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Multiple Sclerosis Institute

More than 400,000 people in the United States have multiple sclerosis (MS). MS strikes the central nervous system (CNS), which effects the brain and spinal cord. Within the CNS, the immune system attacks myelin (insulates the nerve fibers) and the nerve fibers themselves. This damage forms scar tissue (sclerosis), which gives the disease its name. When the myelin sheath or nerve fiber is damaged or destroyed, nerve impulses that travel from the brain and spinal cord are distorted or interrupted, which produces a wide range of symptoms. MS affects everyone differently and there currently isn't a cure. 

The Multiple Sclerosis Institute joined University Hospital in 1992. The institute offers a variety of free services aimed at helping those with MS and their families. Services include seminars, support groups and assistance with purchasing medical equipment. The institute's goal is to enhance the quality of life for Missourians affected by MS, as well as to raise awareness about MS and support local research. 

Rockin' Against Multiple Sclerosis (RAMS) is a student-run organization that strives to provide service and support to the MS Institute of central Missouri. In order to do this, RAMS creates opportunities for students through educational and philanthropic events focused on multiple sclerosis. RAMS began in 1993 and has raised over $1 million for the MS Institute. 

The 2015 RAMS organization raised more than $81,000 for the MS Institute through a number of fundraisers, including a "Rock It" lip sync contest, Runnin' for MS 5K run, Jail 'n Bail, comedy night, trivia night, Rock 'n Bowl, and a banner competition. The amount raised was the most of any year by the RAMS organization and allows the MS Institute to provide many opportunities for mid-Missourians living with multiple sclerosis. Thank you RAMS!

We proudly offer our services to all individuals with MS and their families, regardless of their affiliation with a physician or hospital.

If you would like to learn more about our services or help in our efforts, please call 573-882-6767, email us or visit our donation site. To learn about MS Institute and RAMS follow Mizzou Rams on Facebook and University Hospital on Facebook.

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Contact MS Institute

For more information or to learn how you can support MS Institute, please contact:

Gretchen Roberts
MS Institute 
University of Missouri Health Care
One Hospital Drive, DC205.00
Columbia, MO 65212

573-882-6767 or email us.


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