Countdown to the symposium

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We organise the International Symposium on ALS/MND every year and it is regarded by the global MND research and healthcare communities as the conference to hear about and discuss advances in their respective fields.

In two weeks time, we’ll be in Orlando, Florida making our final preparations for this years’ three day conference that begins on 10 December. As all of our equipment has been shipped to America ahead of our arrival, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that it’ll all be waiting for us at the hotel!

I’m sure with less than two weeks to go, delegates of the symposium are also reaching their final preparations, such as finishing off their posters (maximum of 1metre square), preparing their speeches and trying to work out a ‘to-do’ list of things they want to achieve at the symposium – such as meeting a researcher they’re interested in collaborating with, or simply to learn more about a new topic. Once we arrive in two weeks time, we’ll be setting up the order for the poster session. With nearly 300 posters split into 11 themes this isn’t going to be an easy task and will be a rush against the clock to finish before keen poster presenters sneak into the poster room to put up their work for all to see. Until then, it’s a waiting game for everybody where we’re all eager for the symposium to begin on 10 December.

This year, I will be blogging from the symposium to keep you up-to-date with our highlights and insights. To help me report on the clinical sessions at the symposium are Kevin Thomas and Jane Connell, who are our regional care development advisers for North Wales and East Midlands respectively.

We’re extremely excited to be reporting via our blog this year and we hope that you will enjoy reading our posts on the highlights and insights from the International Symposium on ALS/MND from 10-13 December 2010.