Alasdair Coles leads the Cambridge Centre for Myelin Repair, alongside Prof. Ragnhildur Thóra Káradóttir
CCMR is a multi-PI coordinated programme that brings together the diverse but complementary expertise available in Cambridge, coordinating focus on MS regenerative medicine field, where each piece of research feeds into the next like a production line. The multi-disciplinary approach is guaranteed by the presence of PIs and researchers with different resources and expertise, coming together from different departments of the University of Cambridge (Clinical Neuroscience, Veterinary, Paediatrics, Neurosurgery and the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute).
They all are bonded by their shared vision of making discoveries that will directly benefit people with MS, preventing the death of nerve fibres in the brains and spinal cords of people with MS and ultimately live in a world where there are no consequences of an MS diagnosis.
In 2020, funding was renewed for five years to continue to deliver ground breaking research in myelin biology and MS and set up for the first time a structured training programme focused exclusively on training the next generation of MS researchers and academic neurologists. CCMR offers fully-funded PhD positions to motivated students to undertake a PhD at the University of Cambridge.
CCMR is accompanied by the MS Society Edinburgh Centre for MS Research in the journey to discover new treatments.