Towards a European Network for Multiple Sclerosis Trials (ENMST)

Ludwig Kappos, C. Polman, A. J. Thompson, P. Duda, M. Clanet, G. Comi, H. P. Hartung, X. Montalban

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Quality standards for clinical studies in the field of multiple sclerosis (MS) have improved significantly, to the great benefit of patients. This development has been accompanied by soaring costs and ever increasing complexity, with industry-independent trials having become virtually impossible. We propose establishing a European network that would include expertise in all the relevant aspects of MS treatment trials. In a stepwise approach, all interested active centres across Europe should be recruited into the network, based on agreement upon common scientific standards and quality requirements. Three main goals are discussed: • to facilitate identification of potentially useful agents for MS treatment; • to establish protocols for the interaction between investigators and industry; and • to identify common standards and a core set of data to allow for comparisons of MS trials. Collaboration with existing international organizations and institutions, especially the Sylvia Lawry Centre for MS Research, as well as with similar initiatives in North America and other parts of the world is envisaged.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-629
Number of pages3
JournalMultiple Sclerosis Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003


  • Clinical trials
  • Methods
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Quality standards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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