OCOH September 27, 2018 “Multiple Sclerosis: Advances in Care and Treatment”

OCOH Panel September 2018 Multiple Sclerosis; Lilyana Amezcua, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology, USC; MODERATOR: Tirisham Gyang, MD, MS Division Chief, Neurology, UF ; Brad E. Hoffman, PhD, Cellular Immunologist & Associate Professor, UF ; Sarah Kurtz, MPA, Manager, Provider Engagement NMSS

Join us for the 20th national Our Community, Our Health town hall on September 27th, as our panel from the University of Southern California, the University of Florida, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society gather to discuss the advances in care and treatment for people who have Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

We will discuss:

  • Current disease-modifying therapies as well as preclinical research, including a ground-breaking gene-therapy discovery.
  • Precision medicine and the importance of diversity in health research.
  • Where to find important resources for patients, caregivers,and healthcare providers

Meet the experts:

Our moderator is Tirisham Gyang, MD.

Dr. Gyang is an assistant clinical professor in the UF Department of Neurology’s and serves as the division chief for MS. She is the principal investigator in multiple clinical trials and also provides patient education for the MS population. She has been appointed the William T. and Janice M. Neely Professorship for Research in Multiple Sclerosis for 2018.

Our panelists include:

 Lilyana Amezcua, MD

Dr. Amezcua is an associate professor of clinical neurology at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine and is part of a national task force to develop access-to-care principles for the entire MS population, with a particular emphasis on diversity and minorities. As a clinical neurologist with a multiple sclerosis specialization, her research focuses on collaboration with basic researchers in the field of immunology, employing new imaging techniques to access disease progression, as well as defining racial disparities that may exist within the multiple sclerosis population. Dr. Amezcua currently serves as co-investigator to several clinical trials within the MS department and was the recipient of a Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Brad E Hoffman, Ph.D.

Dr. Hoffman is a cellular immunologist and an assistant professor in the departments of pediatrics and neuroscience at the UF College of Medicine.

His research group has developed a novel gene therapy technique that stops the MS disease’s immune response and produced near-complete remission in mouse models.

Sarah Kurtz, MPA

Sarah is the manager of healthcare provider engagement at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Sarah leads the cultivation and management of healthcare provider relationships in Florida and Puerto Rico. She works to decrease barriers to quality healthcare by addressing gaps in care, promoting professional education, increasing referrals to the MS Society, and partnering with community health organizations.

RSVP now and share with your friends.

  • Time: Local reception begins at 5:30 p.m. EDT, town hall 6-7 p.m. EDT
  • Location: HealthStreet, 2401 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, FL 32608
  • RSVPbit.ly/OCOHms

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