Sunday, 24 August 2014

Hangout with us at ECTRIMS

Following on from the success of our previous public engagement activity MS Question Time, at the joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS conference this year in Boston we are holding three ‘Question Time Hangouts’.
The ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS meeting is an important date in the MS Research calendar with lots of research being reported including trial results and future therapy ideas. We predict that highlights of this years programme will be:

  • Remyelination - restorative therapies
  • Metabolism - mitochondrial dysfunction 
  • Daclizumab results - Phase three trial results
We are using Google Hangouts to host discussions between MS Researchers at the conference and MSers at home (wherever that may be!) Google Hangout is a free video call software that allows multiple people to chat in one conversation. At one end of the hangout will be the Mouse Doctor and two other MS researchers at the conference in Boston. You have the opportunity to be at the other end. All you need to do is either log into Google Hangouts to join the conversation or watch the hangout ‘On Air’.

The three Question Time Hangouts will be held within the lunch hours of the conference;

  • Wednesday 10th September 12:00-13:00 Boston; 17:00-18:00 British Summer Time; 18:00-19:00 Central European Summer Time
  • Thursday 11th September 12:00-13:00 Boston; 17:00-18:00 British Summer Time; 18:00-19:00 Central European Summer Time
  • Friday 12th September 12:00-13:00 Boston; 17:00-18:00 British Summer Time; 18:00-19:00 Central European Summer Time

At the start of the hangout we’ll get the experts to sum up what research has been presented on that day and then you are free to join in the discussion. You can see the schedule for ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS from the conference website.

A note on things to consider if you would like to get involved:
Anyone will be able to watch the discussions as they will be 'On Air' discussions but if you'd like to ask questions you have to have a Google+ account and 'join' the discussion. There are two ways to do this, one by joining it when it’s already started or being invited to the Hangout before it starts, please send us your email address to if you would like to do this. We will of course not use your email for any other purposes or pass it on. 

The camera on your computer/tablet/phone may be automatically switched on when you join the conversation and so you will be visible to the other participants. If you want to remain anonymous please turn the camera off.

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