The first standalone forum held by the Madison, Wisconsin-based Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) gets underway Thursday, Feb. 18, and runs through Feb. 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The forum, “Progressive MS: From Bench to Bedside and Back,” is at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans at 601 Loyola Ave.
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The ACTRIMS Forum 2016 is providing an opportunity for researchers and clinicians in the multiple sclerosis (MS) field to learn about cutting-edge discoveries in the pathogenesis and management of the disease from world-renowned experts, to discuss advances in development of serological and imaging markers of disease progression, and learn about the latest and ongoing clinical trials on neuroprotective, neuroregenerative, and immunomodulatory agents for MS.
In addition to information and awareness about the latest MS treatment research developments, the forum offers opportunities for junior and senior faculty to meet and explore potentials for mentorship and collaboration. Attendees new to the MS field will be provided with a unique chance to obtain career advice from established investigators.
ACTRIMS says the principal goals of the meeting are to critically examine current research on the pathogenic mechanisms that contribute to central nervous system (CNS) injury and disability accumulation in people with MS, to discuss biomarkers that reflect or predict CNS damage, clinical course or responsiveness to treatment, and to synthesize emerging data from recently completed and ongoing clinical trials.
Other priority objectives are to identify future directions for investigation and development of neuroprotective and neuroregenerative MS therapies, to provide mentorship to trainees and junior faculty interested in a career in MS research or clinical practice, and help ensure that research findings are disseminated to various stakeholder groups, including MS care providers, researchers, new media outlets, social media, and patient advocacy groups.
Part of the goal of ACTRIMS Forum 2016 is to provide networking opportunities for and between senior and junior faculty members engaged in MS research. A slate of social activities and programming have been scheduled, where those who aspire to careers in MS research will be able to obtain career advice from established investigators. For a schedule of these mentorship events, see: http://www.actrims.org/forum2016/index.php/program/networking-mentorship
The forum is designed and structured to be of value to researchers, clinicians, residents, students, postdoctoral fellows, and patient advocates who have an interest — professional or personal — in the pathogenesis, clinical management, and treatment of MS. A schedule for the full forum program can be found at:
ACTRIMS Forum 2016 has been planned in accordance with the accreditation requirements of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association (IPMA) and ACTRIMS. The IPMA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians, and has designated live ACTRIMS forum activity for a maximum of 12.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.
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