5th International Symposium on Gait and Balance in Multiple Sclerosis

Fall Detection and Prevention

Gait & Balance Symposium

September 25 and 26, 2015
Portland, Oregon

This unique highly regarded symposium brings together multidisciplinary professionals from around the world to discuss and disseminate information and develop collaborations to advance research and patient care related to gait and balance dysfunction in people with multiple sclerosis.


This conference focuses on falls in people with multiple sclerosis. The morning session will discuss the importance of falls and fall risk factors in MS, focusing on the individual, the task and the environment. The afternoon session will discuss fall measurement and prevention. We will present and evaluate low tech fall measurement approaches including retrospective fall recall and prospective fall diaries, which are often well suited to the clinic, as well as high tech approaches including in home monitoring and body-worn devices, which are often well suited to research. Presentations on interventions will include exercise, education and multifactorial approaches as well as areas of future research by the International MS Falls Prevention Research Network.

Symposium objectives

After attending this symposium, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe and discuss why falls are important and what makes people fall
  • Identify fall risk factors in people with MS, including those related to the individual, the task and the environment
  • Describe and discuss low tech and high tech fall measurement approaches
  • Describe and discuss fall prevention approaches including exercise, education and multifactorial interventions

Who should attend

Physicians (Neurologists, Physiatrists), physical therapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation scientists, nurses, physician assistants, and others working in the area of multiple sclerosis clinical practice or research.



$140 Early registration by August 14
($170 after August 14, 2015) 

$165 Early registration with 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ memo
($195 after August 14, 2015)

$75 Student registration
($100 with 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ memo)



Continuing medical education


Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


OHSU School of Medicine, Division of CME, designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Location and hotel accommodations

The Benson Hotel
309 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205
888 523-6766
503 228-2000

A discounted room rate starting at $199/night plus tax is being provided September 25 through September 27, 2015. The special rate will be available until August 26 OR until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Getting There
Ground transportation information to/from Portland International Airport

Nearby parking options

Call for posters

Please send abstracts for posters to Michelle Cameron at cameromi@ohsu.edu by July 31, 2015 for review. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words on topics related to gait and balance in multiple sclerosis. If accepted, poster size must be 4' x 8' or smaller.

In partnership with:

Oregon Health & Science University's MS Center
VA Portland Health Care System, MS Center of Excellence West