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
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.


Information and registration link coming soon

Hotel accomodations

Coming soon

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.


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.