Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Lifestyle Meeting : MS Life 2012

Just One month to go before MS life in Manchester from 14th-15th April 2012. This lifestyle event is free you just need to register.

For further information about MS Life 2012 and to book a free place, please visit or call 020 8438 0941.

You will be able to meet members of Team G and Friends

In addition you can see and hear:

Prof Alan J. Thompson (Queen Square, London) on Symptom Control

Prof Robin Franklin stein (Cambridge) on Myelin Repair

Dr. Alasdair Coles (Cambridge) on Immunology & treatments

Prof G (Barts & London, London) on Drugs of Mass Destruction of MS

Dr. David Ford (Swansea) on the MS health register

Prof Siddharthan Chandran
(Edinburgh) on Stem cells

Prof Rona Ross Morris
(Kings, London) on Brain training

and much much more.

The MS Society have in place a fund to help with travel and accommodation costs for anyone hoping to attend MS Life.
The deadline for people to apply is 30th March


  1. Same old scientists saying the same old things.

    Where are the new wave of young MS scientists with new ideas, plans and visions?

    I'd much rather see new faces talking encouragingly about MS rather than the usual suspects saying the old tired spiel about how hard MS is to figure out and how, despite many MSers getting worse, we need to manage our expectations.

    We need an Arab spring in MS research. The old regime is failing us badly.

  2. Come along to the Meet the Scientists stand where you'll meet some new faces and exciting research.
    No cure for cynicism in the offing yet though.

  3. A new strand for your research, then? A thick seam to be mined...!

  4. Arab spring in MS research; is a nice way of looking at things. It is not so much the scientists that I worry about, but their inability to change or adapt their research to take on new ideas. This is why I am so interested in the Charcot Project.

  5. No overpaid scientist in MS research has helped me yet. My neurologist always tells me he can't offer anything for progressive MS, and that I'll just have to keep on going and hope for a better future.

    Sick of conferences like MS Life. It's pure spin on the scientists' part. Firstly, how about you introduce truly efficacious therapies for progressive MS and then you'll have a real reason to throw an overhyped banquet in Manchester.

  6. Who said scientists are overpaid? Most scientists I know earn very modest incomes.

  7. Re: "No overpaid scientist in MS research has helped me yet."

    I agree with anon 10:42; scientists in the UK are definitely not well paid and like everyone else in society they are feeling the pinch of austerity. In my Institution 40+ scientists are on the at risk list and are about to be made redundant.

    Almost all the symptomatic therapies that we use in progressive MS have had an army of scientists behind their discovery and validation. I am not sure scientists would agree with your comment. For example Hodgkin & Huxley, two great British scientists who shared the 1963 Noble Prize for Physiology or Medicine, worked out how nerves transmit electrical signals. Their discovery led to the creation of new fields of discovery with the emergence of several drugs to help MS'ers. Fampridine works by manipulating how the axon transmits electrical signals and some of the MS'ers with progressive MS find this drug very helpful.

    If you have progressive MS scientists are your only hope; don't rely on your neurologist to come up with an answer. All we neurologists do is stand on the shoulders of scientists!

    A world without scientists, would be a very bleak world indeed; a world without hope.

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  9. "Sick of conferences like MS Life. It's pure spin on the scientists' part. Firstly, how about you introduce truly efficacious therapies for progressive MS and then you'll have a real reason to throw an overhyped banquet in Manchester."

    It's comments like this that make me wonder if it's worth slogging my guts out 6 days a week year after year looking for new treatments.
    Fortunately the vast majority of MS patients I speak to indicate that you are in the minority.
    I appreciate you are bitter and that progressive MS has been neglected in the past but this is changing (increasingly rapidly) and it is the efforts of scientists that are responsible for this.

  10. Just adding my voice to support of scientists - thanks guys (and gals!)


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