MS Life, billed as the big-gest MS lifestyle event in Europe, is set to begin at lunchtime on Saturday September 17 just as the 32nd congress of ECTRIMS, the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis1, draws to a close in the very same venue – the ExCel, in London.
More than 8,000 researchers and clinicians with expertise in the field of multiple sclerosis will be gathering in for the ECTRIMS congress, according to Multiple Sclerosis News Today.
There, more than 2,000 abstracts will be presented in the 61 sessions planned for this year’s congress, starting September 14. The sessions will be grouped around five topics: imaging, where 213 abstracts will be discussed; immunomodulation and immunosuppression, the topic of 195 abstracts; clinical assessment tools, 102 abstracts; long-term treatment monitoring, 91 abstracts; and risk management for disease modifying treatments, 87 abstracts.
MS Life is organized by the UK’s MS Society2 and is fully accessible and there are even children’s activities to keep the kids busy while adults explore.
Visitors can expect talks and workshops on everything MS, including symptoms, families, mental health, sex, and claiming benefits. Then there will be MS research updates, cookery demos and wheelchair dancing. They’ve even got a spa to help to relax.
The event is jam-packed with things to do before it comes to an end at 4pm on Sunday 18. The full MS Life programme can be found here.
Attendance at MS Life is free but donations to the MS Society would be welcomed. You can book your place here.
MS Life is planned to be held every two years. It was last held in Manchester in April 2014 but was moved to September this year to connect with ECTRIMS.
1 ECTRIMS is the largest independent Europe-wide professional organization dedicated to the understanding and treatment of MS. Its mission is to enhance research by creating networking and collaboration opportunities between scientists and clinicians working in the field, with the ultimate aim of improving basic and clinical research and providing benefits for people affected by MS.
2 The MS Society is the UK’s biggest MS charity. It has more than 35,000 members who have a say in how it is run with 5,500 volunteers giving over 700,000 hours every year. Some 265 staff work in all four nations of the UK where more than 270 branches support people with MS locally. The society has one aim: to beat MS.