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Canaries lead the way with new project to spotlight on MS 

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The European University of the Canary Islands is leading a new project to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis.

The Mielina Project is being carried out jointly with the Pichón Association Trail Project.

Between May and December, the academic institution, based in La Orotava, will host a series of sessions aimed at uniting people with this disease, as well as those in their environment ie relatives, friends and therapists.

In addition, students of the European University of the Canary Islands helped mark International Multiple Sclerosis Day on May 25th with an initiative called 100 metres (on a treadmill) for multiple sclerosis.

“Once again we open ourselves to society and its problems,” said the rector Cristiana Oliveira. “With this project we intend to contribute to improving the quality of life of this group and for this we provide our facilities, our knowledge and our desire and enthusiasm.”

Currently, more than 40,000 people suffer multiple sclerosis in Spain.

The European University of the Canary Islands and the Pichón Association have scheduled seven sessions in 2017, which will address various aspects that can help or improve the quality of life of the patients, as well as help their relatives and therapists.

There will be talks, films, first-hand experiences, laughter and speech therapy sessions, physiotherapy and debates.

The project Myelin, which takes its name from the substance that covers the axons of certain nerve cells and is affected in people with multiple sclerosis, aims to make visible the problems that people with this disease may suffer, as well as demand more clinical research

The European University of the Canary Islands is the first private higher education institution in the archipelago.

At the moment it counts on degrees adapted to the business world in the areas of social sciences and communication, architecture and engineering and health sciences.