World’s brightest minds gather in London for largest MS conference

img_5527The MS Society of Canada’s research team has arrived in the vibrant city of London, England to attend the 32nd Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS). The ECTRIMS Congress is the largest international meeting devoted to scientific research and health management of multiple sclerosis, and each year the list of topics and number of participants grows.

In May of this year ECTRIMS announced that a record breaking 1,985 abstracts were submitted for the Congress, representing a broad a range of topics such as neuroprotection, advance imaging techniques, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, cognitive treatments, comorbidities, and new directions in progressive MS research. Selected abstracts will be presented throughout the week at poster sessions (researchers showcase their data on posters and engage in discussions) and scientific sessions (presentations that are delivered to a larger audience). The conference also includes smaller workshops and presentation sessions for nurses, junior neurologists in training, and media.

ECTRIMS is a great platform for announcing breaking news in MS research and treatment, and provides an opportunity for researchers, clinicians and trainees to share the freshest data from their laboratories, in addition to networking, taking part in educational workshops, hearing about updates in other research areas, and collaborating with MS professionals across geographical regions, industries and expertise.

This year the research team will be delivering live updates throughout the week via Twitter (@Dr_KarenLee), Facebook (Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada), and my blog. We are excited to hear about the latest advances, particularly in progressive MS where researchers are on the cusp of a new era of disease-modifying therapies and symptom-improving interventions.

Stay tuned for more updates and feel free to leave and questions or comments below!


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National vice-president, research, past MS researcher, and PhD in Cellular and Molecular Medicine from University of Ottawa. Leads the MS Society's research program to find the cure for MS and improve the quality of life for people affected by the disease.

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