MS Forum & Virtual Expo

Welcome to the MS Forum where you will find one-of-a-kind discussions connecting you with leading multiple sclerosis research scientists from our Center Without Walls program.

Ask the Expert

Please send us your MS questions and we will do our best to get the appropriate expert to respond or address in future webinars.

Please submit questions to joanna@erasems.org.

Virtual Expo

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The Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center at Cedars-Sinai offers advanced treatment with access to cutting-edge research and clinical trials in a compassionate setting to help patients manage their symptoms and keep participating in activities they enjoy.

With new treatments emerging, primary neurologists can look to our MS and neuroimmunology specialists for second opinions on diagnosis and treatment. Our physicians are at the helm of research focused on novel diagnostic and monitoring biomarkers, offering Cedars-Sinai patients access to cutting-edge imaging and visual outcomes technology. We also offer access to national clinical trials, giving MS patients the opportunity to try new therapies while being part of groundbreaking research that will benefit other individuals around the world.

Each patient at our center receives an initial evaluation from one of our neurologists who have expertise in MS and other related autoimmune conditions. In addition, each patient will receive care from a multidisciplinary team that may include Cedars-Sinai specialists in ophthalmology, urology, rheumatology, and physical therapy. These team members use their expertise to develop a personalized treatment plan for each patient. This team-wide approach improves outcomes and quality of life for patients and remains a differentiating factor in the care received at Cedars-Sinai.

Cedars-Sinai is a designated National Multiple Sclerosis Society Partner in MS Comprehensive Care. In addition to providing diagnostic and treatment services, the center helps patients and their loved ones deal with physical and emotional demands by connecting them with resources and support.

Learn more at cedars-sinai.org/ms or call (310) 423-6472.

The USC Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center & Research Group provides academically based, patient-centered programs of interdisciplinary medical care, rehabilitation and network support to multiple sclerosis patients, their families and caregivers. It is the largest referral center for MS patients in the greater Southern California area and is comprised of multiple clinics distributed around the greater Los Angeles County. The center is recognized as a "Partner in MS" by the National MS Society, and is a member of both the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and the Race to Erase MS Center Without Walls. In addition to fellowship-trained neurologists who have chosen to specialize in MS care, our team includes nurses and a nurse practitioner certified to deliver MS care, among others. We facilitate access to numerous allied health professionals (physical and occupational therapists, social workers and psychologists) who also have extensive experience with issues faced by MS patients.

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) MS Center

Portland, OR
Director: Vijayshree Yadav, MD, MCR, FAAN

The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center offers a robust clinical care program with several clinics a week at OHSU and the adjacent Portland Veterans Affairs Health Care System (VAPORHCS). Seven neurologists and a multidisciplinary team of providers staff the OHSU MS Center who provide ongoing care to over 1,500 people with MS and evaluate about 300 new patient referrals each year. We diagnose and manage patients from all over Oregon, Southern Washington and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Our multidisciplinary team includes nurses, medical assistants, physical, occupational and speech therapists, a neuro-urologist, a master’s level social worker, a pharmacist, counselors, neuropsychologists and psychiatrists. The OHSU MS Center is proud to have on-campus outstanding multi-disciplinary clinical care team collaborations with OHSU Clinicians comprising of Urological and Gastroenterological Physicians, Pain and Spasticity Consultants under the Comprehensive Pain Clinic and Neurosurgical team, Neuro-Ophthalmologists and Psychiatrists and Psychologists under the Department of Psychiatry, Women's health experts including sexual dysfunction and fertility issues who offer their state of the art services as deemed necessary for the individual needs of our MS patients. At both OHSU and the VAPORHCS we have 3T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) available for accurate diagnosis and follow-up. We have infusion centers available at both OHSU and the VAPORHCS. Along with disease modifying therapies (DMTs) and rehabilitation interventions, we emphasize the importance of wellness approaches to our patients, including low fat diet, exercise, stress reduction and judicious use of supplements. We are proud to be a National MS Society (NMSS) Center for Comprehensive MS Care (the only one in Oregon) and a member of the Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC).

OHSU MS Center takes pride in its ability to offer state of the art educational programs and learning opportunities for clinicians and patients alike. OHSU MS and Neuroimmunology fellowship training program takes pride in educating the next generation of neurologists who are well-trained in MS and CNS neuroimmunological disorders. Our fellowship training program can easily boast of an outstanding clinical and research training environment for its neurologists and scientists.

OHSU MS Center researchers have been at the forefront of many discoveries for MS pathogenic pathways as well as novel therapeutic options and have produced many grant projects and clinical trials toward improving the lives of patients with MS. Our work in anti-oxidant therapies such as lipoic acid and drugs that stimulates remyelination is noteworthy. On one hand our basic science researchers excel in testing novel therapies in animal models of MS and on the other hand our clinical researchers excel in clinical trials translating those therapies in real patients. OHSU MS Center is a research and education pioneer in the complementary management approaches in MS. From the research of role of yoga, exercise, diet, antioxidants to supplements to treat MS symptoms and disease activity, the OHSU MS center clinician-researchers, have been on the forefront of advancing this field. Our researchers are funded by the National Institute of health, the Department pf Veterans Affairs, NMSS and multiple pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

The Marilyn Hilton MS Achievement Center at UCLA empowers people living with MS to take control of their health and well-being through educational and experiential programs. Established in 2001, the Center is a collaborative effort of the UCLA Department of Neurology and the National MS Society with generous support from the Hilton Family. It offers wellness interventions that complement the medical care participants receive for the disease.

The Center offers programs across the continuum of the disease, for those newly diagnosed with MS as well as those who have been living with MS for a longer period of time. A team of MS health and wellness professionals at the Center and in the community lead the programs. Participants learn not only from the instructors, but also from one another in an engaging, supportive and fun environment. See the following description of each program and the month(s) each program is held.

  • Beyond Diagnosis (January) - is a half-day program for those diagnosed with MS within the last two years. Participants have an open conversation about MS with MS professionals from the Center and the National MS Society, and learn the importance of integrating wellness practices to live their best life with MS.
  • CogniFitness (February) - is an interactive four-week program held on Saturday mornings for individuals with MS who are experiencing mild cognitive problems. Sessions are led by speech pathologists and provide strategies for dealing with common memory and cognitive challenges that can accompany MS including attention, memory, organization, problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Living Well with MS (March thru May) – is a 12-week hybrid program to help those newly diagnosed with MS better understand MS and develop healthy lifestyle practices to manage symptoms and enhance wellbeing while gaining a support network of others newly diagnosed with MS.
  • Exercise and MS – An Integrated Approach to Fitness (June to mid-August) - is a 12-week program specially designed for those who can easily walk a minimum of 25 feet with or without a cane or walker. Participants learn how to exercise to improve overall wellness and help manage MS symptoms.
  • Free From Falls (October- November) - Free From Falls is an eight-week fall prevention program held on Saturday mornings. It is designed specifically for people with MS who are able to walk easily with or without a cane, but may be at risk for falling. Participants learn about risk factors for falls, strategies to reduce those risks, exercises to improve balance and mobility, and ways to manage a fall if one does occur.
  • REACH to Achieve (Ongoing) – is the Center's flagship, comprehensive health and wellness program for those who have been living with MS for some time and may be experiencing multiple challenges. Members attend the program on a weekly basis and participate in a range of wellness activities including fitness, adaptive yoga, cognitive stimulation, emotional wellness, recreation and health education.

For more information, please visit our website at www.msac.ucla.edu or call the Center directly at (310) 267-4071.

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UCLA Health is ranked #1 in Los Angeles, #1 in California, and #4 in the nation. Neuroscience dominates the UCLA campus. Across the street from the state-of-the-art Ronald Reagan Hospital are six separate buildings dedicated to neuroscience specialties: neurogenetics, neuroimaging, basic neuroscience, clinical neurology, neuropsychiatry, and neuro-ophthalmology. The UCLA MS Program Director is Rhonda Voskuhl, MD., holder of the Jack H. Skirball Chair in MS Research. Dr. Voskuhl's leadership leverages the vast neuroscience capabilities of UCLA toward the pursuit of neuroprotective treatments for MS. The next major step for MS treatments lies beyond relapse reduction. It is to prevent and repair disabilities, and this will depend on cutting-edge neuroscience.

The UCLA MS Program translates basic neuroscience findings within UCLA labs to novel clinical trials in MS, all grounded in addressing fundamental clinical observations in MS patients. Using clinical observations in MS patients as the foundation for basic research is why the traditional approach of “bench-to-bedside” is instead “bedside-to-bench-to-bedside” at UCLA. This assures that basic research findings will have relevance and significance for MS patients.

The UCLA MS Program's research has twice received an MS Collaborative Center Award from the National MS Society (NMSS) in the past as well as tremendous support for cultivation of novel projects from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation over the last decade which continues to this day. The UCLA MS Program's track record of success is clear having received consistent funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the last 24 years. The UCLA MS Program was honored to be the most recent site to join the Nancy Davis Center Without Walls in 2019 and is excited about collaboration with other elite MS programs from around the country.

The UCLA MS Program's mission also includes providing patient care for MS patients in the southwestern United States and this clinical care outreach is expanding, with two new MS clinical faculty joining in October of 2018 and yet another planned for 2021. Finally, UCLA initiated one of the first of its kind MS clinical support infrastructures, the Marilyn Hilton MS Achievement Center at UCLA, which provides tailored rehabilitation and support programs for MS patients. This has served as a model for others of its kind that were subsequently developed across the nation.

Panelists

Lilyana Amezcua, M.D., USC
Etty Benveniste, PhD, UAB MS Center
Peter Calabresi, M.D., Johns Hopkins
Monica J. Carson, Ph.D., UC Riverside
Anne Cross, M.D., Washington University
Andrew D. Goodman, M.D., University of Rochester
David Hafler, M.D, Yale
Adam Kaplin, M.D, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins
Daniel S. Reich, M.D., Ph.D., NIH

Jonathan Santoro; M.D., USC
Nancy L. Sicotte, M.D., Cedars-Sinai
Rhonda Voskuhl, M.D., UCLA
Emmanuelle L. Waubant, M.D., Ph.D., UCSF
Howard Weiner, M.D., Harvard
Vijayshree Yadav, M.D., Oregon Health Sciences
Nancy Davis
Claudia Curry Hill