Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

MS Connect '17

  • Meetings
  • Conferences
  • Education & Information
  • Location: DoubleTree by Hilton
  • Address: 16615 109 Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T5P 4K8
  • Approximately 3293 km away from your current location.
  • Contact Info: Keith Johnston, 1‑780‑463‑1190
  • Event Dates:
      September 29, 2017 at 7:00PM EDT

Join us for MS Connect '17, the MS Society of Canada, Alberta & Northwest Territories Division's biennial conference!

Why you should attend: MS Connect is a conference that brings together health professionals, researchers, and people affected by MS from all across the province to discuss and learn about the latest MS research and developments in symptom management. It is a weekend of education and discussion as those attending learn about how to advocate for the disease and are able to engage with other stakeholders.

How to Register: Tickets available here!
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Friday, September 29, 2017

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. V. Wee Yong - Towards improving the treatment of MS:The Alberta advances

Young Minds of MS Research Poster Session:

The Young Minds of MS Research Poster Session is a chance for graduate students, post doctorate fellows, and new researchers to share what they are learning and researching in the field of multiple sclerosis (MS) research from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary and University of Lethbridge. The MS community will have the opportunity to learn about tomorrow’s research from up and coming MS researchers. It also gives these researchers the opportunity to share what their research means to people living with MS today and what it may mean tomorrow.

We encourage you to stop by, learn and speak with these researchers!

Young Minds of MS Research Poster Session is made possible through collaboration and partnership between the Alberta MS Network and the MS Society of Canada, Alberta and Northwest Territories Division.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. John Deluca - Cognition and MS

Guest Speakers:

Sylvia Leonard, Interim CEO, MS Society of Canada - Accelerating Research

Dr. Ruth Ann Marrie - Update on Comorbid Conditions in Multiple Sclerosis
"Co-existing health conditions, or comorbid conditions, are common in multiple sclerosis (MS). The most common comorbid conditions experienced by people with MS are depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Irritable bowel disease and thyroid disease are also common. Comorbid conditions affect disability, fatigue, and quality of life in MS. This suggests that managing comorbid conditions may help to make the lives of people with MS better."

Dr. Jiwon Oh - MRI research in Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Lara Pilutti - Physical Activity and Exercise for People with Multiple Sclerosis: Benefits, Challenges and Potential Solutions
"Over the last two decades, there has been mounting evidence for the benefits of physical activity and exercise for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). However, physical activity levels reported by people with MS are often lower than those without MS, and compared to those with other chronic health conditions. Substantial challenges remain regarding the optimal prescription and delivery of physical activity and exercise for people with MS, particularly for those who experience considerable challenges to activity participation. This presentation will explore the current evidence for the benefits of physical activity and exercise for people with MS, highlight the key limitations and challenges facing this research area, and explore alternative solutions for physical activity and exercise participation. A particular focus on adapted exercises for individuals with mobility disability and progressive forms of MS will be examined."

Dr. Jens Walter - Gut Microbes in Multiple Sclerosis

Ask the Expert Panel

The Ask the Expert panel offers conference participants the opportunity to meet, one on one, with experts in a variety of fields. Interested participants are invited to sign up for 20 minute appointments, with an expert of their choice, during which time they can ask questions and receive information and resources related to the expert’s field of practice.

Sign up for experts will be made available at the start of the conference on Friday, September 29th. Early sign up will not be available to ensure all conference participants have equal opportunity to sign up and meet with experts.

Disclaimer: Please be aware that the information provided in the session does not necessarily represent the opinion of the MS Society of Canada, and is not intended as medical advice. For specific advice and opinion, always consult a physician.

Experts or the MS Society cannot diagnose conditions, provide second opinions or make specific treatment recommendations. The information is intended for general information purposes only, and does not constitute medical, legal, accounting or tax advice or opinions on any specific matters.

Persons requiring diagnosis, treatment or with questions specific to a single individual are urged to contact their local health care provider, accountant or lawyer for appropriate advice and care.

Laws and regulations change frequently, and their application can vary widely based on facts and circumstances involved.

The Multiple Sclerosis Society and experts are not responsible for the applicability of advice or treatment and accuracy of information as it relates to your specific situation.

Young Minds of MS Research Poster Session

The Young Minds of MS Research Poster Session is a chance for graduate students, post doctorate fellows, and new researchers to share what they are learning and researching in the field of multiple sclerosis (MS) research from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary and University of Lethbridge. The MS community will have the opportunity to learn about tomorrow’s research from up and coming MS researchers. It also gives these researchers the opportunity to share what their research means to people living with MS today and what it may mean tomorrow.

We encourage you to stop by, learn and speak with these researchers!

Young Minds of MS Research Poster Session is made possible through collaboration and partnership between the Alberta MS Network and the MS Society of Canada, Alberta and Northwest Territories Division.

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Looking to stay informed year-round?
The MS Society of Canada, Alberta and Northwest Territories Division welcomes invites you to subscribe our new e-newsletter, MS Connect – AB & NWT News. This e-newsletter provides our members, stakeholders and the MS community with information about upcoming events, research advancements and stories from across Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

If you know anyone that might be interested in receiving this e-newsletter, please forward this email on or have them sign up here.

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