Media Alert - Bridging the gap between multiple sclerosis treatment and care

    MONTREAL, Sept. 17 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:     An international press conference focusing on treatment for
              people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and the importance of
              patient support services.

           -  Canadian opinion leader and moderator Dr. Peter Rieckmann,
              Director, MS Program at the University of British Columbia,
              will discuss the latest news and data on MS treatment
           -  Canadian MS patient Fred Steinhaus and his daughter Christina,
              will share their experiences navigating the challenges of
              living with MS. These compelling, emotional stories offer
              insight into the impact of an MS diagnosis. Fred will also
              share his experiences with patient support services and how
              they have helped him overcome some of his challenges following
              the diagnosis
           -  Sally Jewell, MS nurse, will provide background on the
              importance of patient support services for people with MS, as
              well as offer insight into a full range of support services
              that are available to help them address challenges associated
              with the condition

    WHEN:     Friday, September, 19 2008, 10:30AM to 12:00PM

    WHERE:    World Congress on Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis
              Palais des congrès de Montréal
              201 Viger Avenue West, Montréal

    WHY:      Canadians have one of the highest rates of MS in the world.
              This is a common occurrence in countries that are situated
              further from the equator. An estimated 55,000-75,000 Canadians
              live with multiple sclerosis. It can occur at any age and is
              usually diagnosed between the ages of 15 to 40. There is no
              cure for MS. It is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of
              the central nervous system - the brain and spinal cord.

              This international press conference will highlight the latest
              news and data findings on MS treatment developments.
              Additionally, the press conference will help to understand
              patient and family members' experiences with MS and the
              importance of patient support services, especially after the
              initial diagnosis of MS.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange attendance and/or interviews,
please contact: Elpi Klapas, Manning Selvage & Lee (MS&L), Tel: (514)

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