The 2016 Research & Wellness Symposium

The Symposium was educational and inspirational, featuring presentations from world renowned MS experts on the topics of Wellness and Progressive MS Research.

Pavan Bhargava, MD

Pavan Bhargava MD, is a neuroimmunology fellow at the Johns Hopkins University.

Patrizia Casaccia, MD PhD

Patrizia Casaccia, MD PhD is an internationally recognized expert in the field of myelination and axonal damage in demyelinating disorders...

Kathleen Costello, MS, ANP-BC, MSCN

Kathy Costello is the Vice-President of Healthcare Access for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


Elissa J. Levy

EJ was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis in 2002, when she was 33. Since her diagnosis, EJ has devoted her time and energy to raising money and awareness to find a cure for the disease.

Jennifer Smrtka, ANCC, MSCN

Jennifer Smrtka is a board certified adult nurse practitioner (ANCC) and board certified multiple sclerosis specialty nurse (MSCN).

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Robert W. Motl, Ph.D.

Robert W. Motl is a Professor of Kinesiology and Community Health, affiliate of the Division of Neuroscience, and Director of the Exercise Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


Matilde Inglese, MD PhD is an internationally recognized expert in the field of neuroimaging in demyelinating disorders.

Timothy Vartanian, MD, PhD is a leading authority on neural regeneration. 

Cyndi Zagieboylo became president and CEO of the National MS Society in 2011.