Large-scale, Multi-disciplinary Sample and Data Repository for Multiple Sclerosis and Related Demyelinating Diseases
To establish a large, longitudinal collection of high quality samples and data from subjects with MS, selected other demyelinating diseases (Transverse Myelitis (TM), Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) or Devic's, Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), and Optic Neuritis (ON)), and related and unrelated unaffected controls. Samples and data will be available as a shared resource to scientists researching the causes, sub-types, and biomarkers of MS and related demyelinating diseases.
• age 18+ able to give informed consent or individuals younger than 18 with parental permission and able to give assent
• willing to provide up to 110 ml (50 ml for < 18 years old) of blood via venipuncture
• experienced at least one CNS demyelinating event characteristic of MS, TM, NMO, ADEM, or ON