6th International Symposium on Gait and Balance in Multiple Sclerosis

Sensory contributions and rehabilitation to improve Gait and Balance in MS

Gait & Balance Symposium

September 9 and 10, 2016
World Trade Center Portland
25 SW Salmon Street, Two World Trade Center
Portland, OR 97204

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Symposium description

This conference focuses on how inputs from the visual, vestibular and somatosensory systems influence gait and balance in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The morning session will examine the contributions of these sensory systems to gait and balance and specifically the impact of each sensory system on people with multiple sclerosis. The afternoon sessions will focus on current evidence-based interventions that use sensory system input to improve mobility and balance in people with MS. In addition, the impact of multimodal sensory inputs provided by virtual reality will be explored.

Symposium objectives

After attending this symposium, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the role of sensation in control of balance and gait
  • Describe how each sensory system can be modified in the individual with MS
  • Describe how interventions that target the sensory systems can impact gait and balance in people with MS
  • Select appropriate sensory interventions to improve gait and balance that challenge sensory systems or compensate for impairments in these systems

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.

Registration

Registration includes poster reception hors D'oeuvres and drink, and symposium continental breakfast and lunch.

  • $140, early registration by July 15 ($170 after July 15, 2016)
  • $75, student registration
  • $70, VA employee early registration by July 15 ($85 after July 15, 2016)

Physician CME credit memo $25 extra

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Hotel accomodations

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

Toll-Free: 866 866-7977
Local Phone: 503 221-0711

Group Rate

Guests must email or call 866 866-7977 and reference "MS Gait &Balance Symposium" at the hotel to receive the group rate.

A discounted room rate for a Metropolitan King Room starting at $199/night plus tax is being provided September 9, 2016 –September 11, 2016. The special rate will be available until August 11, 2016 OR until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Call for posters

Please send abstracts on topics related to gait and balance in multiple sclerosis posters to Gail Widener at gwidener@samuelmerritt.edu by June 1, 2016 for review.

Abstracts must meet the following criteria:

  • A maximum of 300 words
  • Title contain a maximum of 150 characters (including spaces)
  • Authors names and affiliations must follow the title
  • 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

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

Continuing medical education

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

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

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

2015: Fall Detection and Prevention

Held 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.

Focus

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.

Registration

$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)

Agenda

Agenda

Accreditation

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

Credit

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.

 

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.