MS research talk to be held in Derry

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The MS Society will share the latest Multiple Sclerosis research news, and provide an update on recent breakthroughs, at an information evening taking place in Derry next month.

The event will be held in the Everglades Hotel on Tuesday 18 November from 7-9pm.

Dr James O’Malley, Research Communications Officer, MS Society, said, “We’re working with partners around the world to fund research that we believe will beat MS for good.

“We’ve already made important breakthroughs, and big advances in MS treatments are possible within our lifetimes.

“This information evening gives me an exciting opportunity to share the latest innovations in MS research. The talk will focus primarily on progressive MS but we’ll also cover important topics such as stem cells, exercise, fatigue management and disease modifying drugs.

“I would like to encourage anyone with an interest in MS – including families, carers and health professionals to join us for this research update.”

Derry Journal reporter Catherine Doran, who has MS, said, “I’m really looking forward to this information evening, which should be incredibly informative.

“More often than not, research talks are held in Belfast or London so this event is a wonderful opportunity for myself and others living with MS in the local area to hear about possible breakthroughs and advances in research, right on our doorstep.”

More than 4000 people live with multiple sclerosis in Northern Ireland, one of the highest rates in the world. MS attacks at random and many of the symptoms are invisible to others.

Symptoms vary but may include problems with balance and walking, loss of vision, pain and fatigue.

MS can get steadily worse, or remain unpredictable throughout your life – one day you can be fine, the next you might lose your sight or be unable to move.

The information talk is free of charge and everyone with an interest in MS is welcome to attend. Registration is required.

Please email nireception@mssociety.org.uk or call 028 90 802 802, Monday to Friday, from 9am-5pm.