7th International Symposium on Gait & Balance in Multiple Sclerosis

Neuroplasticity and rehabilitation in MS

Gait & Balance Symposium

September 8 and 9, 2017

The Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland OR 97204 

This conference focuses on how neuroplasticity influences and underlies rehabilitation in MS. The morning session will provide an introduction to neuroplasticity and motor learning in rehabilitation and describe approaches, including behavioral and imaging paradigms, for measuring neuroplasticity. The afternoon session will focus on applications of neuroplasticity to rehabilitation of gait and balance in MS. The conference will end with a clinically oriented session with case studies and videos demonstrating the application of neuroplasticity to the rehabilitation of gait and balance in patients with MS.

Symposium objectives

After attending this symposium, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe how neuroplasticity underlies functional changes in neurorehabilitation
  • Describe how neuroplasticity can be measured, using imaging technologies, behavioral paradigms, and non-invasive brain stimulation
  • Describe mechanisms of adaptive neuroplasticity, including regrowth of synapses, dendritic arbors and axonal processes, and reorganization of neuronal networks
  • Understand the clinical research supporting specific approaches to optimize adaptive neuroplasticity in MS
  • Apply research findings to clinical rehabilitation interventions to improve motor function in people with MS

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.


$170,  Regular

$136, Before July 15 (discounted 20%)

$100, Trainee, OHSU and VA employee

Registration fee includes poster reception with hors d’oevres and drinks, and symposium with continental breakfast, breaks, and lunch. Space is limited. 

Physician CME credit memo $25 extra

Hotel accomodations

Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW Sixth Avenue Portland
OR 97204

Local: 503-226-1611
Toll free: 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667)

Conference rate
A discounted room rate for a Standard Room starting at $169 per night plus tax is being provided until the cut-off date of August 9, 2017 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

  • Guests call the toll free number 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) and reference "7th International Gait & Balance Symposium" to receive the group rate for this event.
  • For online reservations visit www.portland.hilton.com and enter the three letter code: OHS into the Group/Convention Code field to receive the discounted room rate.

Directions and parking


HILTON HOTEL valet parking is $ 18.00 first 3 hours, $5.00 per additional hour / $45.00 daily maximum. THE DUNWAY GARAGE on 5th and Taylor Street is $ 5.00 evenings (after 6:00 pm –3:00 am) and $5.00 daily maximum for weekends. OTHER nearby parking options are provided in the attached pdf. ***I have attached the pdf that would be a great printable resource for folks.

Getting there

From the North (Seattle) Southbound on I-5

  • Take EXIT 300B off of I-5 Southbound
  • After exiting, follow the CITY CENTER signs which will take you across the MORRISON Bridge
  • Head STRAIGHT through the traffic light near the end of the bridge onto SW Washington St
  • Take Washington one block and then turn LEFT onto 3rd Avenue
  • Take 3rd Ave 6 blocks then turn RIGHT onto SW Main St.
  • Take Main three blocks and turn RIGHT onto 6th Ave, our front doors are on left

From the South (Salem) Northbound on I-5

  • Take the I-405 exit 299B, on the LEFT toward CITY CENTER/US-26 W/BEAVERTON
  • Take EXIT 1A on the LEFT toward Naito Pkwy./Japanese-American History Plaza
  • Stay STRAIGHT to go onto SW Harbor Dr
  • Turn RIGHT onto SW Naito Pkwy
  • Turn LEFT onto SW Taylor St
  • Take Taylor 4 blocks and turn LEFT onto SW Broadway, LEFT on Salmon Street, LEFT on SW 6th Avenue, our front doors are on left hand side of 6th Avenue

Continuing medical education

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

Physician credit
American Medical Association: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine 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.

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

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 16, 2017 for review.

  • Research abstracts must include the following headings: Background and Purpose, Methods,  Results, and Discussion
  • Case report abstracts must include the following headings: Background and Purpose, Case Description, Outcomes, and Conclusion
  • Use 12 point font, single spaced

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

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


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.