Interdisciplinary network on MS research

The disease-oriented Competence Network Multiple Sclerosis (Kompetenznetz Multiple Sklerose – KKNMS) is an interdisciplinary research network throughout Germany.

It is one of 21 medical competence networks initiated by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). These networks aim to bring together researchers with the goal of improving patient care. The KKNMS has been funded by the BMBF since it began in 2009 and is presently in its third phase of funding.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is still incurable. Statistics for Germany show that at least 200,000 people are affected by the disease, two-thirds of whom are women. The focus of the projects funded here is on long-term improvement of MS diagnostics, treatment and the quality of patient care. A more rapid transfer of research insights into the clinical practice is the goal.

In the third funding period until 2018, a total of 21 projects in the areas of clinical research and basic research will be carried out.

The administrative office for the KKNMS serves as the primary contact for all network members, interested persons and sponsors. This office is located in Munich.