School of Medicine researchers Megan S. Chappell, Alban Gaultier and Anthony Fernandez-Castaneda have identified a surprising contributor to multiple sclerosis that could lead to new treatments for the condition and possibly help doctors promote brain repair after injury.

Previously ignored cells are key contributors to multiple sclerosis, according to new research from the University of Virginia.

School of Medicine researchers were trying to establish the beneficial aspects of cells known as oligodendocyte progenitor cells, which make up about 5% of the brain and spinal cord and were thought to protect the myelin sheath that surrounds nerve cells.

In fact, they learned, progenitor cells contribute to the immune system’s attack on healthy cells during neurological diseases such as MS. To read the complete article click here: UVa identifies surprising contributor to multiple sclerosis