#ECTRIMS2016 #MSLIFE2016 – Saturday: Congress Closes, MS Life Opens

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London’s ExCel exhibition and convention center is set for a busy Saturday as ECTRIMS winds down today and MS Life opens just down the hall. Organized by the MS Society, MS Life is billed as the biggest MS family event in Europe.

With ECTRIMS drawing to a close, many delegates will already be packed and ready for their journey home but that is not to say it is all over.

The morning starts with a “Late Breaking News” session in which delegates are given the opportunity to see eight short presentations in less than 90 minutes — and that’s no small feat in terms of organization.

This is followed by the congress’ closing plenary session, which is being chaired by D. Miller, of London, U.K., and X. Montalban, of Barcelona, Spain. The session includes the Confavreux Lecture: “Where do we go from here with imaging in clinical trials for MS?,” given by J.S. Wolinsky, of Houston, Texas, U.S.

ectrims-2016The 32nd congress’ scientific highlights are being summarized by E. Meinl, of Munich, Germany, while clinical highlights are in the hands of M. Hutchinson, of Dublin, Ireland.

Various awards are being presented for ECTRIMS posters, best ECTRIMS oral presentations by young researchers, Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis (RIMS) poster award, best RIMS oral presentation, and the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) award – as well the announcement of ECTRIMS Honorary Members.

Finally, a preview of the location of the next congress location, Paris, France, is being given by that city’s own C. Lubetzki.

MS Life

Attention then switches to MS Life where top scientists talk about the latest research and visitors can attend interactive workshops to help people live well with MS. They can also visit the science zone, join in free exercise classes in the Get Active zone, or network with others from the MS community.

MS Life features more than 60 specialist exhibitors, activities for children — and even a spa.

Visitors also have the opportunity to find out how the MS Society can support them.

The full program of what’s happening today at MS Life is posted below:


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Ian Franks is Managing Editor of the Columns division of BioNews Services. He has enjoyed a successful career as a journalist, from reporter to editor, in the print media; during which he gained a Journalist of the Year award in his native UK. He was diagnosed with MS in 2002 but continued working until mobility problems forced him to retire early in late 2006. He now lives in the south of Spain and uses his skills to write his own flourishing specialist MS, Health & Disability blog at www.50shadesofsun.com. Besides MS, Ian is also able to write about both epilepsy and cardiovascular matters from a patient’s perspective and is a keen advocate on mobility and accessibility issues.
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