National MS Society Greater North Jersey Chapter and the National MS Society present: Six Great Minds Changing the Face of Multiple Sclerosis

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A Week-long webcast series introduces listeners to some of the great minds in MS research, taking place during National MS Society’s MS Awareness Week, March 13-17.

As we come face to face with multiple sclerosis, some of the many faces we come into contact with are the researchers and doctors who are the front lines, turning our hope for a cure into action by tackling the mystery of MS from as many different angles as the people it impacts.

During MS Awareness Week, March 13 – 17, the National MS Society is introducing, through a special webcast series, six great minds in MS research who are changing the face of the disease. Tune in each day during MS Awareness Week to learn how we are getting closer to the cure – one face at a time.

The series is hosted by Rick Sommers, a 25-year broadcast veteran who has been on the airwaves of several New York City-area radio stations. A longtime Society volunteer, Rick has been living with multiple sclerosis for over a decade. Each of the researchers who are a part of the series are leaders in their area of multiple sclerosis research and are funded by the National MS Society for innovative projects that are shaping the future of multiple sclerosis research and treatment.

Each day during MS Awareness Week, at 10 a.m. ET, the Society will post one new webcast on its site at: These webcasts will remain available throughout the week and beyond and will also be available as podcasts. The schedule and topics are as follows:

Monday, March 13: Dr. Peter Calabresi, Director of the Johns Hopkins MS Center in Baltimore. Topic: Repairing MS damage and protecting the nervous system

Tuesday, March 14: Dr. Lauren Krupp, Director of the National Pediatric MS Center at Stony Brook University Hospital. Topic: Helping Kids with MS

Wednesday, March 15: Dr. David Hafler, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Topic: Genes and MS

Thursday, March 16: Dr. Sarah Minden, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Dr. Lisa Iezzoni, Professor of Medicine at Harvard. Topic: Health policies and challenges of daily life with MS

Friday, March 17: Dr. Larry Steinman, Professor of Neurology at the Stanford University Medical Center. Topic: Discovering better treatments for MS: today and tomorrow

About MS Awareness Week

To put a face on MS and educate the public about a disease whose hallmark is unpredictability and whose symptoms range from numbness and tingling to complete paralysis, the National MS Society has designated March 13 – 17, 2006 MS Awareness Week. Come face to face with MS and To learn more about additional MS Awareness Week activities, visit

About The National MS Society

The mission of the National MS Society is to end the devastating effects of MS. Through its home office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society funds more MS research, offers more services to people with MS, provides more professional education, and advances more MS advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. This is why we’re here.

Studies show that early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can reduce future disease activity and improve quality of life for many people with multiple sclerosis. Talk to your health care professional and contact the National MS Society at or 1-800-FIGHT-MS to learn about ways to help manage multiple sclerosis and about current research that may one day reveal a cure.

This program was made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Serono.

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