A one-day conference organised by the Manx branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society will takes place on Saturday, September 28, at the Palace Hotel, Douglas.
It will provide up to date information for anyone interested in learning more about this life-changing neurological condition.
The conference – ‘Together to Beat MS’ – is part of the national society’s 60th anniversary, and features speakers and experts both from the UK and the Isle of Man, including John Litchfield, vice-chairman of the MS Society UK and Dr Wojciech Pietkiewicz, consultant neurologist at the Walton Centre in Liverpool, as well as health professionals offering advice on how local services can help people with Multiple Sclerosis. There will also be a presentation from David Downie MBE, the Operations Manager at the Hyperbaric Medical Unit giving expert advice on how his unit can help alleviate many of the symptoms of MS.
Derek Patience, chairman of the MS Society Isle of Man, said: ‘It is five years since this branch hosted a conference like this, and those who attended were able to learn so much about the condition from experts who rarely, if ever, visit the Isle of Man.
‘This 60th anniversary event is an update as a great deal has changed in the MS world since 2008: more symptom-relieving drugs, more exciting research into possible cures, even a more coherent health service strategy locally.
‘“Together to Beat MS” is an opportunity for anyone who is interested in MS – those who have it, their families, their friends, even other health professionals – to find out the latest information from the experts.’
To find out more, and to reserve a place, call the MS Society on 452207, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Places are limited. ‘Together to Beat MS’ runs from 10am to 4pm including lunch. It free to anyone with MS, and costs £10 for others.