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MS IN AFRICAN AMERICANS

Genetic Research and Techniques for Coping with Chronic Illness

Saturday, May 17, 2008

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sheraton Pasadena Hotel 303 E. Cordova St., Justine Room, Pasadena

Beverly, diagnosed in 2001

Genes play a role in determining who is at risk for developing MS, how the disease progresses, and how someone responds to therapy. Learn about exciting research on genetic factors that influence susceptibility to MS in the African American community and culturally appropriate techniques for dealing with chronic illness and improving communication with loved ones. This program is open to all.

What will I learn? ~ The role of genetic factors in conferring susceptibility to MS in African Americans ~ Strategies used by researchers to discover genes affecting the risk of developing MS ~ How genetic research will affect the way neurologists treat and manage MS in the future ~ How to handle the ups and downs of living with a chronic illness ~ How to reduce your stress level and improve communication with loved ones

Featured speakers:

~ Dr. Jorge Oksenberg is Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at UCSF. He has been consistently supported by Society research grants to apply the latest genetics and molecular biology tools to the search for MS genes.

~ Lynda Harbert, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has provided group and individual counseling services to people with MS and their families for several years.

Cost: FREE program, includes continental breakfast ($7.00 parking at hotel, payable in advance to the Society or upon arrival at program check-in)

Sign me up! Pre-registration is required by May 12th. Turn to the last page to register. Please call Mercy Willard at 1.800.344.4867 or 310.479.4456 for more information or to register by phone.

1.800.344.4867 programs@cal.nmss.org www.nationalMSsociety.org/cal

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