Friday, February 5, 2010

A recent discovery by Dr. Zamboni in Italy has intrigued researchers at the University of Buffalo, NY, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., and the University of British Columbia. There is a section of an article discussing UBC's involvement in CCSVI research below, as well as a few donation links.

"A medical centre in British Columbia says it wants to become the first in the country to test the controversial theory that multiple sclerosis patients have blocked veins, preventing proper blood flow from the brain.

'There's a large demand for us to look into this,' Dr. Anthony Traboulsee told CTV News. 'Patients are very excited. We are very interested ourselves, and we want to meet the demand of our patients.'

A group of researchers at the University of British Columbia MS Clinic, part of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, are planning to study the theory, using a variety of imaging techniques. If it gets approval and funding, it appears to be the most comprehensive examination of this novel theory in the world.

They will be studying the findings of Italian researcher Dr. Paolo Zamboni, who believes that blocked veins in the neck and chest of MS patients lead to blood drainage problems and triggers the immune responses that mark the disease.

Zamboni contends that angioplasty surgery on these blocked veins, a procedure he calls the Liberation Treatment, can then open them. A preliminary study of the treatment in 65 patients showed it improved the quality of life for many patients, and as long as the veins remained open, symptoms of MS were reduced and new attacks were halted." (link to the article: