Professor Jacob Sosnoff and IHSI invite you to an upcoming conference that will showcase the breadth and quality of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research on the Illinois campus. The Illinois Multiple Sclerosis Research Day will be held Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign, IL. It will serve as the first public announcement of the Illinois MS Research Collaborative (detailed below).
The conference will engage researchers, faculty, and students from various units; campus leaders; persons living with MS; local clinicians; pharmaceutical representatives; and other external collaborators in the varied offerings of the day (lighting talks, student research posters, MS research participant panel, etc.). Dr. Kathy Zackowski, Senior Director of Patient Management, Care, and Rehabilitation Research at the National MS Society, will present about the society’s research priorities and future direction of MS research. This is a great opportunity to understand how to shape our collective research at Illinois and maximize our impact.
This exciting event is hosted by the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, with additional sponsorship from the College of Applied Health Sciences, Department of Kinesiology & Community Health, Department of Comparative Biosciences, Center for Social and Behavioral Science, and National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Technologies to Support Successful Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (RERCTechSAge.org).
Please make plans to attend as we increase visibility and explore new opportunities for Multiple Sclerosis research. If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.
Illinois MS Research Collaborative
The Illinois Multiple Sclerosis Research Collaborative will serve to increase quality of life for individuals living with MS, enhance scientific discovery, and increase Illinois research competitiveness for funding. Goals of the collaborative include, but are not limited to:
- Shared/centralized recruitment efforts
- Research participant registry
- Minimum testing battery
- Public dissemination and outreach
The MS Research Collaborative will also serve as a fertile ground to mentor graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, as well as junior faculty.