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Issue: #17

MSResearchUpdateMS Research Update

Restoring cognition in multiple sclerosis 
Cognitive dysfunction is common in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and can be present from initial diagnosis through late stages of the disease.  The most common issues are problems with attention, Information processing (thinking) and learning and memory. A new study shows how a specific intervention could improve or restore impaired attention functions in people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) who experienced major attention deficits.
Continue reading.



New tests could predict cognitive impairment

Cognitive dysfunction in multiple sclerosis (MS) is a recognized, but poorly understood phenomenon. Detection of cognitive dysfunction is hampered by the fact that cognitive testing is often long, sometimes costly and at times frustrating for patients. A brief, acceptable screening tool for cognitive dysfunction in MS is lacking. A new study shows potential progress toward such a tool. Continue reading. 

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Immunoglobulin for myelin repair


Researchers at the Swedish MS Center are studying a treatment called IM22 which aims to restore myelin lost from damage in multiple sclerosis.  


Myelin is the protective coating in the brain cells which send signals to other parts of the body. Multiple sclerosis (MS) causes inflammation in the brain which can destroy myelin and cause the signals to slow or stop, resulting in  symptoms of disability.


IM22 (immunoglobulin) is made of antibodies taken from an individual with Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia, a type of cancer affecting B cells, and recombined in a lab. Scientists found that the antibodies bind to the brain's white matter and can signal it to grow new myelin.


The phase-1 clinical trial will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a single infusion of the IM22.


Learn more about our research and clinical trials, or call an MS Center research coordinator at 206-320-2200. 

highlightIntroducing the Leo Project:  

Pet Therapy at the MS Center  

The Multiple Sclerosis Center at Swedish is pleased to present the Leo Project, the first outpatient pet therapy program in the Puget Sound region. The Leo Project brings trained dogs and volunteers from Pet Partners to the MS Center once per week.


Ocho and her owner Kathy will be visiting the Swedish MS Center every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They'll circulating the clinic and interacting with people in the Hedreen Wellness Studio (just inside the MS Center) and physical therapy gym.


Our goal for the Leo Project is to offer patients the opportunity to experience the wide range of benefits that come from interacting with a trained therapy animal, including decreased depression, isolation and anxiety, as well as increased communication and comfort.

For more information about the Leo Project and pet program updates at the MS Center, visit

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Confirming Entries to the 4th Annual Multiple Sclerosis Art Show

Thank you to everyone who entered the 4th Annual Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center Art Show. We received more than 100 entries are excited to see all of the beautiful work and display it at the Seattle Center.  


If you submitted an entry and did not receive a confirmation call or email, please contact us at or 206-320-2200.


The Swedish MS Center presents the art show with the purpose of raising awareness in the Pacific Northwest about multiple sclerosis; providing an opportunity for artists to make connections; and enhancing quality of life through art.  


You can view the artwork July 6-7 at the Seattle Center Armory. Learn more at 


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Seattle Channel highlights research at the Swedish MS Center 

The Seattle Channel featured a health special in May documenting the lives people affected by the disease and the progress area doctors and scientists are making. In the health special, the Seattle Channel highlights research at the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center that is advancing what we know and how docs treat the disease. Read more.


MSEventsMS Center Programs & Events







Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center Art Show 

Saturday and Sunday, July 6-7, 2013

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St.

Free and open to the public




Employment Matters: Should I tell my boss I have MS?  

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
Get expert advice on job search strategies, resume feedback and tips for successful interviewing.
Call 206-386-2502 or Register Online.

MS Roadshow - Seattle (Summer 2013)

The Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center will present an educational workshop in Seattle this summer.




--Registration Required--


Chair Aerobics

Wednesdays | 2-2:45 p.m.

Aerobic activity for those who prefer seated exercise.

Drop-ins welcome. 


Beginner's Gentle Yoga

Every Thursday, June 20- Aug. 11 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Free for new students, open to non-Swedish patients and caregivers/partners.
Call 206-386-2502 or
Register Online.  


Chair Yoga

Every Tuesday, April 23 - May 28 | 1-1:45 p.m.

Free, open to non-Swedish patients and caregivers/partners.
Call 206-386-2502 or
Register Online.  




Patient Exercise Hours

Mondays, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Fridays, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

A free, convenient and safe place to work out with MS. Established patients only. Call 206-320-2200.


Coping Skills Group

Thursdays, 8 consecutive weeks | MS Center

Led by MS psychologist Michelle Toshima, Ph.D., and Bobbie Severson, ARNP.
Call Mike Taylor: (206) 320-8223.