Letter from the Director
Dr. Robert Zivadinov, MD, PhD
Director, Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center
February 4, 2010
I write to you today as our researchers are completing their analysis of the first of several studies on chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) in multiple sclerosis (MS). The preliminary results are exciting scientifically and will generate a great deal of discussion among our colleagues and the wordwide press. The study itself continues into the second phase.
Good news! We will begin to offer CCSVI Diagnostic Venous Testing beginning this month. Patients may self-refer or be referred by their neurologist. We have also taken the first step towards treatment of CCSVI, a 6-month study titled, Controlled Randomized Endovascular Therapy (CRET). It will evaluate the safety and preliminary efficacy of therapeutic angioplasty. It is important to understand, however, that we cannot recommend endovascular treatment before we fully understand the safety of any approach we may propose. Thus, we intend to perform double-blind controlled trials using a treatment different from those used by either Prof. Zamboni or Prof. Michael Dake of Stanford. Many thanks to everyone who has been following our research, to those who participated in our first study and those interested in phase 2 of the CTEVD study.
Here is the link to the whole news letter with lots more information.
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