International conferences on multiple sclerosis (MS) typically gather the most accomplished experts and leading biotech companies under one roof to exchange discoveries and celebrate new hope for MS patients all over the world. Quebec is one of North America’s epicenters for MS research and developments. This year, on Saturday, September 27th, the Quebec Summit on Multiple Sclerosis will be held, made possible by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. The event will take place at the Hôtel Mortagne, Boucherville, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Simultaneously, there will be an exciting and fun “deepelling” open activity just outside the hotel. The society’s spokesperson, Debbie Lynch-White, invites everyone to witness this feat of controlled descent down a vertical wall, in a face-forward position. The daring event is bound to be an inspiration for MS advocates who encourage patients to live life to the fullest, in spite of the limitations that the disease causes.
Louis Adam, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada Quebec Division’s Executive Director, said that over the course of 2 decades, researchers have advanced 10 treatments for relapsing-remitting MS. While researchers have yet to find a viable form of treatment for progressive MS, highly promising and powerful collaborations have been formed for this unmet need. He added that just recently, a group of scientists from Montreal received funding for their study on progressive MS. It is through these gatherings that fruitful networking can take place for the benefit of many.
For a complete schedule of the summit’s speakers, lectures and presentations, visit mssummit.ca. Prospective participants may also contact the society’s Communications Director, Catherine-Eve Roy through 514 849-7591, ext. 2285; on her mobile: 514 808-8287; or via e-mail [email protected].
Last Saturday, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation partnered with innovative visual arts project, Raw Beauty Project NYC, to showcase a series of photographs of women with different disabilities such as spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, and cerebral palsy, to name a few.