The 2018 Research & Wellness Symposium

The Symposium was an educational and inspirational experience. This year, we focused speakers who complemented each other, providing a comprehensive overview on related wellness and research topics.

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Speakers & Presentations


Dritan Agalliu, PhD

TOPIC: "Fixing a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier May Help Treat Multiple Sclerosis" (PDF)

Dritan Agalliu is Assistant Professor, Departments of Neurology, Pathology and Cell Biology, Pharmacology, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

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Rebecca Farber, MD

TOPIC: "Gut Microbiome and Multiple Sclerosis" (PDF)

Rebecca Farber is Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Division of Neuroimmunology / MS Clinical Care and Research Center, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

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Adam Kaplin, MD, PhD

TOPIC: "Understanding and Treating Depression as a Neuro-Inflammatory Disease" (PDF)

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Neuropsychiatry
Chief Psychiatric Consultant, Multiple Sclerosis and Transverse Myelitis Clinics Department of Neurology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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Shane Liddelow, PhD

TOPIC: "What are glia, and why should you care?" (PDF)

Shane Liddelow is Assistant Professor. Department of Neuroscience & Physiology, Neuroscience Institute
NYU Langone Medical Center

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Cyndi Zagieboylo

TOPIC: "MS Solutions: Living Your Best Life as We Seek a Cure" (PDF)

Cyndi Zagieboylo is President & CEO, National MS Society and Chair of the International Progressive MS Alliance Executive Committee

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Elissa “EJ” Levy


EJ Levy is Founder & President, MS Hope for a Cure, diagnosed with Secondary Progressive MS in 2002, and most importantly, Matilda’s Mom.

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