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 3165 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 annual 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.

Early Bird Tickets are $30 and are available here!

MS Connect ’17 Subsidy

To support individuals who would like to attend the conference but are unable to due to financial constraints, the MS Society of Canada, Alberta & NWT Division is happy to offer a MS Connect ‘17 Conference Subsidy. This subsidy will waive the cost of two conference registrations and provide one night of accommodation at the conference hotel. Accommodation will be provided to successful applicants whose permanent address is greater than 100 km away from the conference venue. Please note: Travel arrangements are to be made by individuals, MS Society is not responsible for booking, arranging or funding travel.

To apply for subsidy, please contact your local MS Society office for subsidy details and request a subsidy application at 1-800-268-7582 or by email at info.alberta@mssociety.ca. The deadline for having completed applications in is August 25th with successful applicants being notified on August 29th.

Conference Hotel

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton is centrally located, minutes from West Edmonton Mall, home to great shopping, entertainment and dining. For more information on the hotel and room amenities, please visit here.

A limited number of rooms have been reserved for the conference. Rooms with one king size bed or two queen beds are currently available at $159.00 CAD per night plus applicable taxes (single or double occupancy). When booking, reference MS Connect ’17 Conference.

Address: 16615 109th Avenue North West, Edmonton, AB, T5P 4K8
Phone: 1-780-484-0821
Toll-Free: 1-800-223-8654

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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 - Cognitive and Rehabilitation in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis
"It is now well established that up to 70% of persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) suffer from cognitive impairment. Such impairments can have a significant impact on everyday functional activity in persons with MS. Given the frequency and degree of cognitive involvement in persons with MS, and it affects so many aspects of a person’s life (e.g., vocational, familial, social, emotional, cultural) the need for cognitive rehabilitation therapies and programs is clear. This presentation will present the nature of cognitive impairment in persons with MS, research on its impact on everyday life, and factors which can exacerbate these cognitive problems. The presentation will also describe the research data on the effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation, where there is now good support for such treatment. Some practical approaches that people can use to improve their everyday lives will also be discussed. These include maintaining cognitive engagement as well as exercise, physical activity and physical fitness."

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
"The spinal cord is a commonly affected region of the central nervous system in multiple sclerosis, with lesions in this area often causing sensorimotor disability in patients. As a result, the spinal cord is an important area to study to better understand MS disease mechanisms, as it has the potential to provide insight into tissue changes that lead to clinical disability in patients. In recent years, there has been increasing interest in using conventional and advanced MRI techniques to image the spinal cord in both clinical and research settings. This presentation will discuss how spinal cord MRI can be useful in the clinical care of MS patients, and will highlight a number of advanced, quantitative spinal cord MRI techniques, and the emerging insights they have provided in better understanding MS."

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.


Click here to view our comprehensive weekend schedule.

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