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MSA Research

Funding Research is Funding Hope. We’ve Funded 55 Research Projects with $3.5 Million in Donations.

The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition® Research Fund


The MSA Coalition® has a dedicated Multiple System Atrophy Research Fund used to support scientific study into the cause, treatments and a cure for multiple system atrophy. As a federally registered 501(c)3 charity, donations made to the MSA Coalition may be tax deductible for U.S. taxpayers. Given that there are a small number of MSA patients in the U.S. and globally, a centralized MSA Research Fund is critical to pooling money so the funds can be used in the most effective way possible.

What the MSA Research Fund Supports

The Multiple System Atrophy Research Fund is used to encourage and finance critically important MSA research leading to the identification of causes, improved diagnostic methods and more effective symptomatic and disease modifying treatments: Helping to bring us closer to a cure. The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition seeks to fund the most promising MSA research anywhere in the world. To date, we have reviewed over 175 research grant proposals and awarded funding to 55 multiple system atrophy research project grants at 34 institutions in 11 countries. In total, these projects have received $3.5 million in funding.


Research Dollars Making a Difference

Dr. Cecilia Raccagni, a researcher at Innsbruck Medical University, Austria, and colleagues there recently published the paper “Physiotherapy improves motor function in patients with the Parkinson variant of multiple system atrophy: A prospective trial“.

A research grant from the MSA Coalition helped support this trial,
the results of which show that “physiotherapy is feasible, safe and improves gait performance in patients with multiple system atrophy”.

We are happy to be able to share this link with permission from the research team where you may download the exercises that proved helpful. Please feel free to share this protocol with your own physical therapists.

We invite you to learn more about other MSA Coalition funded projects.

About the MSA Coalition Research Grant Program


Launched in April of 2013, the MSA Research Grant Program is designed to kickstart promising Multiple System Atrophy research.

To assist in this mission, the MSA Coalition relies on the expertise of a world-class Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) comprised of renowned globally-diverse researchers, scientists and physicians who are considered thought-leaders in the field of multiple system atrophy research. The SAB’s mandate is to ensure independent and objective review of each research proposal application submitted to the MSA Coalition’s Research Grant Program, to rank them by scientific merit and subsequently advise the Board of Directors about the top-ranked projects.

Under their guidance the MSA Coalition funds promising research that is directly applicable to identifying:

  • A clear cause of MSA
  • Improved methods leading to an earlier and more accurate diagnosis
  • Better treatments to alleviate MSA symptoms and improve quality of life
  • Interventions that slow, halt or reverse the progression of MSA
  • A cure for MSA

Attention Scientists

The MSA Coalition will periodically solicit Requests for Applications / Letters of Intent as directed by the board. Check out our grant opportunities page.

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Supporting Early Career MSA Researchers

The MSA Coalition provides travel awards to defray the costs of attending medical and scientific congresses in order to help attract talented early career investigators to the field of multiple system atrophy research. Many of the early career investigators who have received MSA Coalition Travel Awards are continuing to contribute important findings to the overall knowledge of MSA. Click the photos below to learn more.