History of the Tisch MS Research Center of New York

The Tisch Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York was formally launched in 2006, but traces its lineage to the MS center at the Neurological Institute of New York of the Columbia University Medical Center. In 1992 at the Neurological Institute, Saud A. Sadiq, MD, joined what was then simply called the MS Center.  The research arm consisted of  a 320 square foot laboratory directed by Dr. Sadiq  and dedicated to finding  the cause and cure of multiple sclerosis. Moving to the neurology department of St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, Dr. Sadiq reformed the center as the MS Research and Treatment Center in 1998, upgrading to a 2000 square foot facility in the process.  With increased funding the research wing more than doubled in size in 2003 and expanded to 10 researchers.

In 2006, Dr. Sadiq left the hospital/university setting and transformed the center into an independent, private, not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) research entity, founding the Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York (MSRCNY), then and now the largest independent MS center in the world. The research center performs groundbreaking investigations into the cause of MS, biomarker research aimed at developing precise diagnostic and predictive tools to bring the disease under the control of treating neurologists, and novel regenerative strategies for repairing the damage done by the disease in patients who are unresponsive to standard treatments. 

In 2012 with the generous assistance of our benefactors we initiated a further expansion to an area encompassing approximately 80,000 square feet to house the latest in research equipment and technology designed to accelerate the pace of MS research and treatment.  The expansion includes the installation onsite of two 3-Tesla magnetic resonance scanners to serve our clinical and research needs.

The close relationship of the research center and the clinical practice, International Multiple Sclerosis Management Practice (IMSMP),  speeds the translation of basic science into clinical practice and helps to test new treatments for MS. Our unity of purpose, and an ease of communication between the clinical and research staff of over 80 individuals creates a unique environment that accelerates the pace of scientific discovery and advancement at minimum cost and with minimal bureaucratic constrains. It was in recognition of the Center's achievements in MS research and in support of Dr. Sadiq’s mission to discover the cause and cure of multiple sclerosis that the Tisch family named the research center in February 2013, formally creating the Tisch MS Research Center of New York.

The Tisch MS Research Center of New York is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supported entirely by grants and private philanthropy.