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Genetics, Immunology and Repair in Multiple Sclerosis
Organizer(s): Wendy B. Macklin, Gavin Giovannoni and Stephen L. Hauser
Date: February 15 - 20, 2011
Location: Sagebrush Inn & Suites, Taos, NM, USA
Sponsored by National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Teva Pharmaceuticals
Summary of Meeting:
Although the specific etiology of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) remains unknown, important insights into the genetics and environmental triggers underlying the disease have been made. This conference will discuss advances in MS genetics, epigenetics and the interaction of genetics with the environment, particularly with vitamin D metabolism and Epstein Barr Virus. There will be a focus on the immunopathogenesis of MS, including pre-active MS lesions, mechanisms of lymphocyte activation, the B cell and trafficking of cells across the blood brain barrier. The application of new imaging methods and therapeutic strategies that target the immune system and promote remyelination will be discussed. The challenge of integrating emerging insights in the basic mechanisms of myelination, autoimmune demyelination, and neurodegeneration with translational science will he discussed. The goal of this meeting is to provide a broad spectrum of MS researchers with a forum to discuss recent advances, and to foster cross-disciplinary interactions and collaborations.
Scholarship Deadline: October 18 2010
Discounted Abstract Deadline: October 18 2010
Abstract Deadline: November 19 2010
Discounted Registration Deadline: December 15 2010
We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:
Biogen IdecBoehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyTeva Pharmaceuticals
We gratefully acknowledge additional in-kind support for this conference from those foregoing speaker expense reimbursements:

Biogen Idec


Zdenek Hostomsky, Zuzana Hostomsky, with matching gift from Pfizer

Dusanka Skundric
We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Grant No. 1R13NS073227-01
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