Newswise — NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 18, 2016 – More than 500 leading multiple sclerosis neurologists, neuroscientists, researchers, principal and young investigators gather in New Orleans today for the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) Forum 2016 to learn about the latest discoveries in the pathogenesis and management of progressive multiple sclerosis.

With the theme Progressive MS: From Bench to Bedside and Back, ACTRIMS Forum 2016 is ACTRIMS’ inaugural stand-alone meeting, featuring 17 expert faculty, nine oral presentations of the highest rated submitted abstracts and 168 posters. Presentations focus on ongoing clinical trials of neuroprotective, neuroregenerative and immunomodulatory agents in progressive MS, advances in the development of serological and imaging markers of MS disease progression, and cutting-edge discoveries in the pathogenesis and management of progressive MS from world-renowned experts in the field.

The event also features the first Kenneth P. Johnson Memorial Lecture. Jerry S. Wolinsky, M.D., of the University of Texas in Houston will present the keynote lecture on the past, present and future of progressive MS disease. The lecture honors Johnson, who led the effort to found ACTRIMS in 1996.

Young researchers were encouraged to attend, resulting in 84 young investigators registered. Nearly 60 educational travel grants were awarded. The forum offers multiple opportunities for young investigators to meet and request career advising from established researchers.

Abstracts for the presentations now appear in the online program of the event’s website, and on a mobile app, ACTRIMS 16. Please direct press inquiries to Ann Nelson at [email protected]. Nelson will be available in the Press Room, Strand 5, of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans throughout the event.

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