National Multiple Sclerosis Society Pledges $28 Million to Research

John Guandolo utilized his experience as a former FBI Special Agent and retired U.S. Marine Corps officer in creating UnderstandingTheThreat.com, a website and consultancy focused on counterterrorism techniques and threat management. Outside of his professional pursuits, John Guandolo supports a variety of groups and organizations, such as the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.

The National MS Society recently issued a press release to announce that it pledged $28 million to fund an estimated 84 research initiatives and training programs related to MS. By supporting the projects, the Society will help advance a comprehensive research strategy focused on eliminating MS and restoring function to people with the disease. The financial commitment represents the Society’s latest efforts to promote MS research, and the funding is part of an expected investment in 2015 of more than $52 million for 380 studies worldwide.

The National MS Society’s recent investment will support innovative research projects like the ones conducted by a University of California, San Francisco consortium, which used gut microbiome analysis to cultivate probiotic tactics that halt the progression of MS. The funding will also advance a trial on dietary treatments at Johns Hopkins University and research on patient-centered wellness programs at Oregon Health & Science University.

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Author: John Guandolo

John Guandolo, a counterterrorism consultant at Strategic Engagement Group, Inc., also contributes his time to the Centennial Institute as a Strategic Threats Consultant. The institute, part of Colorado Christian University, works to promote the public understanding of freedom, family, and faith issues. This is accomplished through research, policy analysis, and seminars and conferences with students, staff, faculty, and outside experts such as John Guandolo. He also co-authored Shariah: The Threat To America: An Exercise In Competitive Analysis (Report of Team B II). As Vice President of Strategic Planning and Execution at Strategic Engagement Group, John Guandolo assists law enforcement, government, military, and intelligent community leaders on how to prepare for and respond to terrorist threats. Prior to accepting a position with Strategic Engagement Group, he served the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Subject Matter Expert. During his time in this role, he developed the agency's first training course on the threat of Muslim extremism and issues posed by the rise of Islamic law. John Guandolo joined the agency as a Special Agent, where he led SWAT team operations, participated in investigations, and served as an Advanced Capability Medic. His accolades include two Awards for Investigative Excellence, given by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and the Defender of the Homeland Award, given by United States Senators John Kyl and Joe Lieberman. John Guandolo graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 and was a Company Commander during his senior year. He is a member of the Force Recon Association, a non-profit fraternal organization that promotes the fellowship of those who have served in military reconnaissance units. John Guandolo also holds membership in the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and the Order of St. Crispin. He enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons, and camping.

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