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MIPTV Picks 2012: MS Wars

Originally produced for CBC science and natural history strand 'The Nature of Things,' this documentary special examines the story of Italian research scientist Paolo Zamboni's controversial treatment for multiple sclerosis, dubbed Liberation Therapy.
March 24, 2012

Originally produced for CBC science and natural history strand ‘The Nature of Things,’ this documentary special examines the story of Italian research scientist Paolo Zamboni’s controversial treatment for multiple sclerosis, dubbed Liberation Therapy. Zamboni’s treatment calls for the unblocking of jugular veins in order to combat a condition he calls chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency or CCSVI. When the research paper behind the treatment surfaced online before being published in print, it ignited a firestorm of attention from those with MS and the media alike. MS Wars highlights the divide between accepted procedure and the wisdom of the Web, and tells the story of some who are caught in between.

Partners: Zoot Pictures for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, distributed by TVF International (London)

Length: 1 x 52 minutes

Aired: CBC’s ‘Nature of Things,’ February 2012

Rights available: All rights worldwide, excluding Canada

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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