About the research
When we think of MS patients, we often think of people in a wheelchair. This is because multiple sclerosis is a so-called neurodegenerative disorder, a disease that affects brain functions. MS affects the transmission of signals from our brains to our muscles. This reduces the motor functions of the patients, as a result of which they often end up in a wheelchair. Together with her UHasselt colleagues, Melissa Schepers is determined to banish that image of people with MS in a wheelchair to the past. She studies cognitive enhancers, medicines that have proven their worth in other diseases, and that could prove to be key in recovery of MS patients.