8th International Symposium on Gait and Balance in Multiple Sclerosis

Gait & Balance Symposium: image shows a pair of feet

Exercise – Symptom Management
to Disease Modification

Saturday, September 15, 2018
World Trade Center Portland

This conference focuses on the impact and implementation of exercise in MS. The morning focuses on the immunologic, disease modifying, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and psychological effects of exercise in MS. The afternoon focuses on clinical applications of exercise in MS and includes presentations on optimizing exercise adherence, high intensity exercise, and exercise prescription. The daytime presentations will be followed by a poster reception, offering the opportunity to discuss new research findings, as well as to network and exchange ideas in a more relaxed social setting.

Who should attend

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

Learning objectives

Learning objectives

After attending this symposium, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the immunologic, disease-modifying, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and psychological effects of exercise in MS
  • Understand the impact of exercise on gait, balance and participation in MS
  • Apply approaches to optimize exercise adherence in people with MS
  • Prescribe evidence-based exercise to achieve specific outcomes in people with MS


Call for posters

Call for posters

Please send abstracts on topics related to gait and balance in multiple sclerosis to Gail Widener at gwidener@samuelmerritt.edu by June 15, 2018 for review.

When submitting your abstract please indicate if the poster will be prepared/presented by a trainee (either a student or post-doctoral trainee).

Abstracts must meet the following criteria:

  • A maximum of 300 words
  • Title contain a maximum of 150 characters (including spaces)
  • Authors names (last name followed by initials separated by commas) and affiliations must follow the title

Research abstracts must include the following headings:

  • Background and Purpose
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion

Case report abstracts must include the following headings:

  • Background and Purpose
  • Case Description, Outcomes, and Conclusion
Use 12 point font, single spaced

The top five posters from trainees will be selected to receive waived symposium registration.



$199, regular rate
$160, early registration, before July 20
$100, student, OHSU and VA employee rate


Hotel Accomodations

Hotel Rose Portland
50 Southwest Morrison St.
Portland, Oregon 97204-3390

Toll free: 866-866-7977

A discounted room rate of $215/night plus tax is being provided until the cut-off date of August 15, 2018 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Call 866-866-7977 and reference “OHSU MS Gait & Balance” to receive the group rate.

To make reservations online visit the OHSU MS Gait & Balance hotel registration page. Use code OHSU2018.

NOTE: The Group Rate shall be offered for a period of three (3) days before and three (3) days after the group dates, subject to availability of rooms at the time of reservation to accommodate those who wish to extend their visits.



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

NOTE: All symposium attendees will be provided with a certificate of attendance for hours attended.

Physician credit

Coming soon


In partnership with:
OHSU Multiple Sclerosis Center
VA Portland Health Care System, MS Center of Excellence West

Conference Steering Committee:
Michelle H. Cameron, M.D., P.T., M.C.R.; Gail L. Widener, P.T., Ph.D.; Kathleen M. Zackowski, Ph.D., O.T.R., M.S.C.S.