Please see below for frequently asked questions about the International Symposium on ALS/MND. If you can't find an answer to your question below, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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.
As many of you know we were due to be hosted in Basel by Verein ALS Schweiz and we have consulted in detail with the team there, the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations and other organisations closely affiliated to the Symposium in making this decision. While there is increasing confidence that current restrictions will be considerably reduced by the end of the year, we do not have the logistical or financial certainty we need to go ahead with planning an on-site event of the scale and international reach of the Symposium.
Instead we are looking forward to working with everyone involved to build on the success of the 2020 online event, which received such positive feedback from a record number of delegates and participating countries.
Further details, including abstract submission instructions, will be provided in the near future.
We hope you will join us to ensure that this year’s event is even more successful in fostering exchange of knowledge and information, and catalysing new ideas and collaborations that take us closer to understanding, treating and defeating ALS/MND.
Approximately 5 days prior to the conference, you will receive an email via the email you used to register for the Symposium containing all of the instructions on how to access the virtual Symposium.
Approximately 5 days prior to the Symposium you will receive an email with your login details for the virtual platform, as well as instructions on how to login. Don't worry if you lose this email we will send out reminders on each morning of the Symposium. If you do have any issues logging into the virtual platform, please use the 'Support' icon in the bottom right hand corner of the login page.
Yes! Your registration gives you access to all the sessions, so you will be given the opportunity to choose which session you'd like to attend. This year we also have some sessions happening at the same time, so please have a look at the agenda and pick which session you would like to attend. Additionally, once each session has aired, you will have access to all of the sessions on-demand.
Your registration also gives you access to the sixth annual Cytokinetics-sponsored Symposium taking place on Monday December 6 2021, 1:30-2:30 GMT. This is one-hour symposium is titled “Advancing Innovation in ALS: Where Does it Begin, and Does it Matter? A Debate”.
You will need a device (desktop, tablet or mobile phone) that is connected to the Internet. Approximately 5 days prior to the event you will receive all the information you need to login to the virtual platform.
This year the mobile app has been updated to allow you to watch the sessions live through the app. Information on how to download the mobile app will be enclosed in an email approximately 5 days prior to the Symposium. However, for the best viewing experience we recommend that you use a desktop device.
During the Event
On each morning of the symposium, you will receive a reminder that will contain information on how to login into the virtual platform. It is a good idea to log on an hour or so before the first session, on your first day of logging in, so you can get familiar with the platform, view the ePoster hall and connect with your fellow delegates.
As a new feature to this year's virtual Symposium, we have additional networking and Industry sponsored sessions happening at the same time as our main sessions. Please review the programme to see all of the sessions available, so you can choose which to attend. Don't worry about missing out on any of the sessions, as all will be available to watch on-demand once they have aired.
Don't worry if you miss a session as all of the sessions will be available to watch on-demand the day after they aired until 10 March 2022.
We encourage you to ask questions throughout the sessions using the 'Live Q&A' section within each individual session. Questions will be moderated before being placed into the queue. The session hosts will then ask the presenters during the 'Discussion and Questions' section of each session. We will endeavor to answer all of the questions but this is time dependent.
At the Virtual Symposium, posters are available to view on-demand in the ePoster Hall so delegates can "virtually wander around" at any time during the event. Here, each poster was supported with a ‘lightning explainer’ video by the authors to summarise their research within 3 minutes, as well as their poster PDF and abstract as handouts, to allow work to be shared in an easily digestible format.
You can also take part in the Live Poster Sessions which give presenting authors the opportunity to discuss their work live with small groups of delegates.
We do not usually supply certification of poster presentations. Please use the confirmation of poster acceptance email should you require proof of this.
If you experience technical difficulties during the Symposium please use the red 'Support' button in the top right hand side of the virtual platform. Our team will be on hand to help troubleshoot any technical difficulties you may be having.
Some issues can be solved by adjusting the settings of your camera or microphone. This can be done in the by clicking on your profile picture in the top right-hand corner (next to the 'Help' button) and going into 'My Settings'.
Each year, we hold a vacant ‘late breaking news’ slot for consideration of news on results. For example, from a Phase 3 clinical trial (or phase 2 with significant results) or new gene discoveries with major implications for understanding of disease, or similar. We have two pieces of 'late breaking news' for this years Symposium - details will be release in due course.
After the Event
Yes! All of the sessions have been recorded and will be available for on-demand the day after they have aired until 10 March 2022
Yes! Certificates of attendance will be emailed to all delegates after the Symposium has ended.