Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

MS Connect '18

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Join us in Calgary for MS Connect '18, the MS Society of Canada, Alberta & Northwest Territories Division's annual conference, on September 21 & 22, 2018!

MS Connect ’18 is a conference that brings together people experiencing MS, health professionals and researchers from across Alberta and the Northwest Territories to discuss and learn about the latest MS research and symptom management developments. The conference features presentations from leading MS researchers, posters from up and coming researchers in the MS world, opportunities to engage with experts to aid in your MS journey, vendors and more.

For more details on MS Connect ‘18, please click on the tabs below. We hope to see you in Calgary on September 21 & 22, 2018 for MS Connect '18!

Schedule

Speaker Bios

The Speaker Bios are being finalized – please check back soon.

Young Minds of MS Research

Young Minds of MS Research is a chance for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and new researchers to share their multiple sclerosis (MS) research, which is taking place through the University of Alberta, University of Calgary and University of Lethbridge. Individuals have the opportunity to learn about promising research from up and coming MS researchers, who in turn have the opportunity to share what their research means for MS today, as well as what it may mean tomorrow.

For MS Connect ’18, Young Minds of MS Research will consist of both a poster session and oral presentations.

Poster Session

15 up and coming researchers will be invited to present their research at MS Connect ’18 in poster format. The poster session runs from 12:30 – 1:30 PM on Saturday, September 22 with the researchers available to answer questions. Posters can be viewed throughout the entire conference.

Oral Presentations

Out of the 15 researchers invited to present their research via posters, three are invited to give 15-minute presentations at MS Connect ‘18.

We encourage you to stop by, learn, connect and speak with these researchers! The audience's feedback contributes to the selection of winners for the best poster and oral presentation at MS Connect ‘18. Each winner receives a small award to support their continued MS research.

Please stay tuned for more details about the Young Minds of MS Research who will be at MS Connect ‘18.

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


Ask the Expert

Ask the Expert 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 they can ask questions and receive information and resources related to the expert’s field of practice.

Ask the Expert runs from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 22. Participants can sign up for appointments at the start of the conference on Friday, September 21. To ensure that all conference participants have equal opportunities to sign up and meet with experts, early sign up is unavailable.

A list of available experts and their bios will be available by Monday, July 30.


Disclaimer: Please be aware that the information provided in this session does not 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 or 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.

Vendor Fair

MS Connect '18 features a Vendor Fair on Saturday, September 22 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. A variety of vendors will provide displays and have a wealth of knowledge, expertise and equipment that are all geared towards supporting you along your MS journey. We invite you to check out the vendors and see what they have to offer!

A list of available vendors will be available by Monday, July 30.

If you are interested in being a vendor at MS Connect ‘18, please contact info.alberta@mssociety.ca.

Registration

To register for MS Connect ’18, please click the link below. The link will take you to the MS Connect '18 event page on Eventbrite - the official MS Connect conference registration platform. Please note that the ticket price includes conference registration and parking at Mount Royal University on Friday, September 21 in the evening and all day on Saturday, September 22.

To register, please click HERE.


Early Registration Opens – Monday, May 7, 2018

Early Registration Ends – Friday, August 10, 2018

Online Registration Ends – Monday, September 17, 2018

MS Connect ’18 Subsidy

To support individuals living with multiple sclerosis who would like to attend the conference but would be unable to due to financial constraints, the MS Society of Canada, Alberta & NWT Division is happy to offer an MS Connect ‘18 Conference Subsidy. Subsidy applications will be accepted for review until Friday, August 10. Successful applicants will be notified within 2-3 weeks of the MS Society receiving their complete application. For further details about the subsidy and to apply, please click on the link below.

Subsidy Application

Accommodations

Conference Hotel Information

MS Connect ’18 has partnered with a local hotel close to the venue to provide an accommodation option for conference attendees travelling from out of town.

Grey Eagle Casino and Resort

Located on the beautiful Tsuu T’ina First Nation, nestled on the doorstep of the Rocky Mountains and at the convenient location of 37 Street & Glenmore Trail S.W., the Grey Eagle has a number of accessible rooms and offers shuttle services to and from Mount Royal University (MRU) - site of MS Connect ’18. When booking your room, please mention that you are attending MS Connect ’18.

Address: 3777 Grey Eagle Drive

Toll Free: 1.844.719.8777

Hotel Main Line: 403.719.8883

Reservations: 403.719.8777

Email: Reservations@GreyEagleCasino.ca

Directions to Hotel

COMING FROM EDMONTON, THE CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OR NE CALGARY:

  • South on Deerfoot Trail
  • Head west onto Glenmore Trail
  • Head south on 37 Street SW

COMING FROM BANFF OR NW CALGARY:

  • East on the #1 Highway (16 Avenue)
  • Head south onto Sarcee Trail
  • Head south on 37 Street SW

COMING FROM LETHBRIDGE OR SOUTH CALGARY:

  • North on Deerfoot Trail
  • Take the west exit onto Glenmore Trail
  • Head south on 37 Street SW

COMING FROM MEDICINE HAT VIA 22X HIGHWAY OR SE CALGARY:

  • North on Deerfoot Trail
  • Take the west exit onto Glenmore Trail
  • Head south on 37 Street SW

Maps & Driving Directions

MS Connect '18 is taking place at Ross Glen Hall in the Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning (EC Building), located on Mount Royal Circle (near the East Gate), which can be reached via Crowchild Trail SW to 50 Avenue SW. For driving directions, please visit Google Maps.

The street address is 4825 Mt Royal Gate SW, Calgary, AB, T3E 7N5. MS Society volunteers will be located around the hall and roadway to help direct you to the venue and parking.

Parking Information

Parking is available for conference attendees and the fee for parking is built into the conference registration fee. The parking lots available at MRU for MS Connect '18 are Lot 8 and the East Gate Parkade (both located next to the Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning). For more information about parking, please visit the Parking & Transportation website.

Please note that vehicles without permits that are parked in permit spaces may be ticketed. Further parking details will be provided closer to the conference dates, along with information about displaying parking permits within vehicles.

Calgary Information

The City of Calgary is full of attractions for visitors of all ages. We encourage you to spend extra days at your own convenience. Please check back for suggestions!


Looking to stay informed about the latest MS Connect ’18 conference updates? The MS Society of Canada, Alberta & Northwest Territories Division invites you to subscribe our e-newsletter, MS Connect – AB & NWT News. This e-newsletter provides our members, stakeholders and the MS community with information about upcoming events, including the conference, research advancements and stories from across Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Sign up here.

We are indebted to our sponsors for their generous support of the conference. Without this support, in monetary and product in kind, the conference would simply not be possible.

MS Connect ’18 is sponsored by unrestricted educational grants. The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is an independent, voluntary health agency and does not approve, endorse or recommend any specific product or therapy but provides information to assist individuals in making their own decisions.