A genetic basis for multiple sclerosis severity: Red herring or real?

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

14 Citations (Scopus)


Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune degenerative disease of the central nervous system, characterized by multifocal demyelination and neurodegeneration. The genetic architecture of MS is complex, where genetic risk has been attributed to over 100 polymorphic loci each with small odds ratios. MS is a highly heterogeneous disease with numerous clinical and paraclinical endophenotypes. To-date, no genetic variant has been associated with clinical outcome, however, evidence exists that MS outcomes, like risk, are to an extent also controlled by genetic variation. Here we summarise the current evidence for genetic determination of disease outcomes and make recommendations for future research directions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-365
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular and Cellular Probes
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • Genetics
  • GWAS
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Phenotype
  • Prognosis
  • SNP

Cite this