July 22, 2003
Multiple Sclerosis Society
The first UK convention and exhibition for people affected by multiple sclerosis will be held at the ICC in Birmingham on 24 and 25 October. It is being staged by the Multiple Sclerosis Society as part of its 50th anniversary 'Striking Back at MS' programme.
Said Society chief executive, Mike O'Donovan, "This will be by far the largest and most comprehensive MS event of its kind ever staged in this country. We want to give people a one-stop opportunity to meet the experts and see for themselves a wide range of services and products to help enhance their quality of life.
"We're particularly hoping to see many younger and more recently diagnosed people at this very different kind of MS event."
Visitors will be able to talk informally to MS researchers and seek advice from specialists in services ranging from mobility and insurance to yoga and holidays. More than 50 exhibitors will be taking part.
There will also be two full day conference programmes, divided into a range of topic sessions which can be booked individually.
On the first day, nine of the UK's leading scientists and clinicians will present the latest developments in research into the cause and treatment of the condition, including the part new techniques like stem cell therapy may play. The second day will focus on many aspects of living with MS, including managing the condition, relationships, employment, benefits, physiotherapy, complementary medicine and carers.
The MS Society is organising the convention in collaboration with the Association of British Neurologists, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and the MS Specialist Nurse Association.
Admission is free by registration. Numbers for the two conference programmes
are limited. More information and a registration form are on www.msconvention.org.uk
or call 020 8438 0822
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