Wednesday, 1 July 2015

MS Frontiers 2015: thank you

Thank you MS Society for hosting Frontiers 2015? #MSBlog #MSResearch

"I was appropriately chastised for criticising the MS Frontiers programme for lacking energy and for putting 'the same-old' people on the platform;  the latter includes me. There were quite a few new, and young, faces at the meeting, but we still need more of them on the podium. I would have prefered less parallel sessions and more of a pecha kucha* format to allow more people to present their work. I am still disappointed that some of research teams the MS Society supports were not out in force. May be the MS Society should insist that if you have an MS Society grant you need to attend the meeting. On a personal note I had several heated discussions and debates and have some new ideas to explore. I must apologise about not hosting hangouts; the wireless network in the venue was not up to the  task."


  1. * PechaKucha or Pecha Kucha (Japanese: ペチャクチャ, IPA: [petɕa ku͍̥tɕa], chit-chat) is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events called PechaKucha Nights (PKNs).

8 comments:

  1. Who won the stem cells debate?

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    1. The pro stem cell proposers won handsomely.

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    2. The debate was about whether exogenous stem cells where the way forward.
      In the red corner was Prof Martino from Milan supporting the view that stem cells were the next frontier in the blue corner waz profColes from Cambridge against the motion and the use of stem cells and sat on fhe fence was profG saying that the only use was in HSCT

      in the audience at the start was about 40 undecided. Prof Martino got the popular vote and won the swing vote and poeple did not seem to hear the point made by profcoles that the experimental effects are currently marginal especially compared to what has been achieved by mobilising the stem cells within the nerves by non cellular means and the fact that most cells never reach the cns. However profC got a good swing vote. profG lost and didnt really get any of the swing vote and so maybe the clinical study and NEDA-4 that he was propsing will not find favour. Hardly surprising if you have an audience of risk averse neuros

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    3. How do i know this a direct feed to the lab/pub or are some people wrong in their assumptions.....

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    4. The debate was about whether exogenous stem cells where the way forward.
      In the red corner was Prof Martino from Milan supporting the view that stem cells were the next frontier in the blue corner waz profColes from Cambridge against the motion and the use of stem cells and sat on fhe fence was profG saying that the only use was in HSCT

      in the audience at the start was about 40 undecided. Prof Martino got the popular vote and won the swing vote and poeple did not seem to hear the point made by profcoles that the experimental effects are currently marginal especially compared to what has been achieved by mobilising the stem cells within the nerves by non cellular means and the fact that most cells never reach the cns. However profC got a good swing vote. profG lost and didnt really get any of the swing vote and so maybe the clinical study and NEDA-4 that he was propsing will not find favour. Hardly surprising if you have an audience of risk averse neuros

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    5. Thanks Mouse - sometimes you can be quite useful. It was sad that you weren't invited to the conference. I know you don't scrub up that well, but when I met you, you were very jolly. Perhaps the smell of mouse dropping deprived you of an invite - I can recommend swarfega. It must have been lonely in the lab knowing that Profs G and C were gorging themselves on prawn sandwiches. At least you had your box set of game of thrones, lab technician monthly and a bottle of Vimto to remind you of your northern roots. Welsh Mouse getting invited must have riled you - he's not a Prof.

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    6. Unless I overdid the hallucinogenics, I can confirm MD's presence at said conference. Food and drink provided was excellent.
      I'll never be a Prof but no biggie, my H-factor ain't too shabby though ;-)

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  2. "May be the MS Society should insist that if you have an MS Society grant you need to attend the meeting."
    I think this should be mandatory, it's not on that the labs that are generously supported by the MS Society were seriously underrepresented at the meeting.

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