More MS news articles for May 2002

Conference to focus on cutting-edge research

InsideMS, Winter 2002, Vol. 20, Issue 1

The Society’s annual MS education conference breaks new ground this May. For the first time, the live, interactive satellite TV program will involve people with MS at chapters of the Canadian MS Society as well as all chapters of the National MS Society, U.S.A. The event is renamed the North American Education Conference 2002.

For an hour and a half on Tuesday, May 14, three distinguished MS researchers will bring us up-to-date on the latest ideas and findings in genetics, gender differences, and complementary and alternative therapies. The event will be broadcast twice: at 7:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. EDT.

Dr. Stephen Hauser of the University of California at San Francisco will brief us on the search for MS genes, which he is leading, and discuss what the findings to date seem to suggest. Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl of the University of California, Los Angeles, will explain her research on estrogens and MS, and why sex hormones might play a role in future therapies for MS. Dr. Allen Bowling of the Rocky Mountain MS Center in Colorado, who heads a research program on complementary and alternative MS therapies, will speak on this topic. Sound data on such treatments have long been lacking, but today, investigators are subjecting “alternatives” to scrutiny and finding both surprising benefits and serious risks.

A live question-and-answer session via e-mail and an 800 number will follow each presentation. The program will be Web-cast for those who cannot attend—and archived on the Society’s Web site for later reference.

Program organizers urge everyone who can attend in person to do so. Some chapters will have a social event or additional discussion following the program. Satellite TV facilities are being made available by HealthSouth, a national chain of medical rehabilitation centers, and by hospitals, universities, and other centers. To reserve your place, call your chapter at 1-800-FIGHT-MS (1-800-344-4867). Do it today—seating may be limited.

© 2002 The National Multiple Sclerosis Society