The key to defeating MND lies in fostering strong collaboration between leading researchers around the world, and sharing new understanding of the disease as rapidly as possible. This was the MND Association’s rationale behind the creation of the International Symposium on ALS/MND.
Each year, the Symposium attracts over 1,000 delegates, representing the energy and dynamism of the global MND research community. It is the largest medical and scientific conference specific to MND/ALS and is the premier event in the MND research calendar for discussion on the latest advances in research and clinical management.
Virtual Symposium 2021
Despite the many challenges that have arisen from the impact of coronavirus, we successfully delivered the 31st International Symposium on ALS/MND in 2020 online, held on 9 to 11 December 2020. Just eight months after being forced to cancel the event that was due to take place in Montreal, we welcomed over 1,800 registered delegates from over 48 countries to the Symposium from a COVID-secure studio at the Association’s offices in Northampton, UK.
The move to an online event was a major challenge with many moving parts to co-ordinate under challenging circumstances. Careful considerations were made to ensure content was engaging and that our choice of online platform included innovative features that could create the ‘buzz’ of the face to face meeting by facilitating the delivery of oral presentations, live Q &A, scientific posters, networking, sponsorship opportunities and exhibitors – all whilst working within global time zones.
Following the success of last year’s first virtual Symposium and the ongoing challenges caused by the global pandemic, the MND Association’s 32nd International Symposium on ALS/MND in December 2021 will once again be held online.
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