The non-profit association disease-oriented Competence Network Multiple Sclerosis (KKNMS e.V.) was founded in Munich at the beginning of the first BMBF funding period in March 2010. As a separate legal entity, the association ensures that the KKNMS has the capacity to act and guarantees the sustainability of the established structures after funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research ended in 2019.
The association also has the goal to expand and improve the network of MS research in Germany and to strengthen the exchange between MS research and patient care, to improve the understanding of the disease as well as its diagnosis and therapy, and to contribute to the quality of care of MS patients.
The organization is located in Münster, Germany.