Non-White Participants Matter in White Matter Disease Studies: The Importance of Diversity in Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trials

For many years, multiple sclerosis (MS) was believed to be a disease seen almost solely in White people. However, mounting evidence has made it clear that non-White individuals are equally, if not more frequently and severely, affected by MS than their White counterparts.1,2 Perhaps both a contributor to and consequence of this racial myth is the fact that non-White persons with MS are dramatically underrepresented in MS clinical trials. There is a pressing need to evaluate whether clinical trials are reflective of the diverse population that is affected by MS.

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