32nd International Symposium on ALS/MND

The International Symposium is the biggest annual conference dedicated to ALS and MND research. Each year we bring together researchers from around the world to share new understanding of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and motor neurone disease.

This year's event takes place between 7 - 10 December 2021. Take a look around for more details of the event.

This annual meeting continually serves to reinforce why we do what we do

“Congratulations on another very successful meeting, the virtual symposium required so many new approaches to overcome truly unexpected challenges.  I am continually amazed how each year the MND Association always rises to the occasion and does so with such grace. Cytokinetics is so proud to join alongside you to support this meeting as it ranks amongst our very top priorities each year.  We feel so at home with you and this annual meeting continually serves to reinforce why we do what we do.” 

Robert Blum

President & CEO, Cytokinetics, Inc.

Premier event in the MND research calendar

“[MND research has] gone from a cloud of uncertainty to a sort of roadmap for how we might treat and cure motor neurone disease… I think that’s happened in relatively recent years and you can see that from the meeting. The attendance numbers have gone up and more engagement from the pharmaceutical industry means we have made tremendous progress. I think the International Symposium is really part of the process, it’s the way people come together, and it’s recognised as the premier meeting in the field each year. I’ve been very grateful to be part of that.”

Prof Kevin Talbot

Chair of Programme Committee, Professor of Motor Neuron Biology, University of Oxford

Virtual Symposium was the closest to an in-person conference

“I’ve attended a couple of virtual conferences in 2020 and based on those, my expectations weren’t high. However, the Virtual 31st Symposium was an amazing experience and the closest to an in-person conference that I’ve had, with such a high level of interactivity and networking opportunities.”

Find out more about my 2020 virtual symposium experience including ePoster presentation

Greig Joilin

Post-doctoral researcher, University of Sussex

Breadth of research and global nature

“For me, living in an ALS body that’s increasingly isolated, I start or tend to think of my experience as somehow mine alone. The greatest personal benefit of the Symposium was to remind me of the breadth of research and global nature of what I’m experiencing personally.”

Seth Christensen

Person living with MND

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