How you can help inform our research:
We are a group of researchers at University College London (UK) studying how fats (or lipids) in the blood can influence immune cells in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). We want to increase our understanding of what causes MS so that we can improve and develop new treatments. Before we start this project, we would like to find out from you whether you think this is an important area to investigate, and whether you have any experiences that could help us improve our research. 

About our research:
Fats (or lipids) are an important part of every cell in our body. Each cell is surrounded by a layer of fats (or cell membrane), and the balance of different types of fat in this layer can change how a cell behaves. Importantly, fats that circulate in our blood (such as cholesterol) can change the fats on the surface of our immune cells, and influence our immune responses.  For example ‘good’ fats like HDL cholesterol have been shown to reduce harmful inflammation. We have already found that an imbalance in fats in the blood and on the surface of immune cells plays a role in other diseases, and we think it could also be important in MS. 

Drugs that change the levels of fat in our blood (e.g. statins) are already being investigated for the treatment of MS. However, we would like to find out whether altering diet or taking a dietary supplement could have a similar beneficial effect. We hope this approach could reduce the dependence of patients on drugs.

How you can help: 
We would like to ask you some short questions to help us focus on the areas of research that are most relevant to you, as someone with MS. In particular, we would like to find out your opinions and experience with diets. Your input is of huge value to our research!

Please note, by completing this questionnaire you are giving consent for us to share your responses. All of your answers will be completely anonymous.

Thank you! Our research team at University College London and the Institute of Neurology, Queen’s Square would like to extend a grateful thank you for your time and support in answering these questions; it is only together that we can really make progress in understanding this disease. 

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