Join us for the 2015 Annual Meeting & Research Update program on Saturday morning, December 5, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland. The morning begins at 9 AM with a vendor coffee hour and brunch buffet, followed by Annual Meeting remarks and the Research Update presentations 10 AM – 12 PM. We are fortunate to have two outstanding National MS Society-funded researchers to share their expertise with us, Sergio Baranzini, PhD, University of California at San Francisco and Ben Emery, PhD, Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Baranzini is the recent recipient of the National MS Society Stephen C. Reingold Award for the most outstanding research proposal to investigate the microbiome.
Dr. Sergio Baranzini will present Bringing together genes and environment to better understand MS. In the past 10 years, enormous progress has been made in deciphering the genetic factors contributing to the risk of developing MS. Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology have enabled the analysis of bacterial communities in and around us to be described with great accuracy. Paradoxically, the genetic study of some of these bacteria may be useful in informing us about the critical environmental triggers that when combined with previously identified genetic risk can result in MS. A better understanding of the factors that contribute to developing MS will be crucial for the development of safer and more effective therapies for people with this disease.