Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada


MS Connect '17 Conference Highlights

Our sincerest thank you to the over 300 MS Connect ’17 attendees including our speakers, award winners, MS ambassadors, experts and sponsors who joined us on September 29 & 30 in Edmonton for the eighth year of our conference.


A very special feature of this year’s conference was the addition of our annual Alberta & Northwest Territories Division Awards ceremony. A huge congrats to all of our amazing award winners who were recognized at this event.


Seven speakers presented on a variety of topics demonstrating the progress being made in the field of MS research. Stay tuned for the presentation audio files which will be linked here shortly!


We are happy to announce that the winner of the Young Minds of Research Poster Session is Brienne McKenzie, a PhD Candidate in Medical Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Alberta in the Brain Power Laboratory. Brienne’s poster was titled: “Dying a Fiery Death: Activation of proinflammatory cell death in the brain during multiple sclerosis.” Brienne's research sought to answer the following questions: Can the molecular pathways that are driving local inflammation and cell death in the MS brain be identified and can these pathways be targeted pharmalogically to improve outcomes? The research concluded that by blocking pyroptosis (a type of programmed cell death) and its associated molecular pathways helps reduce disease severity in a mouse model of MS.

The young minds of research winner was selected based on feedback we received from completed conference evaluations. Each researcher was evaluated on their ability to disseminate their work to an MS audience, poster clarity, and research impact. As we look to MS Connect ’18, the Young Minds of Research Poster Session will again be a main feature of the conference and an opportunity to hear from and engage with more young researchers who are leading the way in MS research.


Our sincere thanks to our talented volunteer photographers for helping to capture the event. We encourage you to check out pictures from the event, which can be viewed on flickr.

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