The University of Washington’s Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation & Wellness Research Center is a group of clinician-scientists committed to investigating novel interventions to help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) live their best lives while training the next generation of researchers and providers. We focus on innovative clinical research to improve the delivery and utilization of effective treatments for MS and comorbid conditions, including chronic pain, fatigue, and depression, to affect system-level changes to improve care for people living with MS.
We prioritize the conduct of patient-centered research that engages people affected by MS; including patients, families, clinicians, MS organizations, and healthcare stakeholders throughout the research enterprise.
The University of Washington has conducted cutting edge multiple sclerosis research for more than 40 years. In perhaps the most impactful initial accomplishment, Dr. George Kraft published one of the first papers to establish the importance of fatigue in multiple sclerosis in 1984. The tradition of important work on symptoms, functioning, and quality of life has steadily continued in the subsequent decades.
Investigators at the UW MS Rehabilitation & Wellness Research Center have received funding from the National Institutes of Health; National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute; National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers; industry sponsors; and private donations.
The UW MS Rehabilitation & Wellness Research Center is located at UW Medicine’s Multiple Sclerosis Center and operates within the UW Medicine Department of Rehabilitation Medicine with affiliates across UW Medicine departments.