Keystone Symposia: Genetics, Immunology and Repair in Multiple Sclerosis

Venue: Sagebrush Inn and Conference Center

Location: Taos, New Mexico, United States

Event Date/Time: Feb 15, 2011 End Date/Time: Feb 20, 2011
Registration Date: Feb 15, 2011
Early Registration Date: Dec 15, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Oct 18, 2010
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Although the specific etiology of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) remains unknown, important insights into the genetics and environmental triggers underlying the disease have been made. This conference will discuss advances in MS genetics, epigenetics and the interaction of genetics with the environment, particularly with vitamin D metabolism and Epstein Barr Virus. There will be a focus on the immunopathogenesis of MS, including pre-active MS lesions, mechanisms of lymphocyte activation, the B cell and trafficking of cells across the blood brain barrier. The application of new imaging methods and therapeutic strategies that target the immune system and promote remyelination will be discussed. The challenge of integrating emerging insights in the basic mechanisms of myelination, autoimmune demyelination, and neurodegeneration with translational science will he discussed. The goal of this meeting is to provide a broad spectrum of MS researchers with a forum to discuss recent advances, and to foster cross-disciplinary interactions and collaborations.