Saturday, September 29, 2018 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Health Sciences Education Building
435 N. 5th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Please Join the 2018 Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Symposium as We Aim to Elevate the Standard of Care within the MS Community

About the Program

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating disease that affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide. Due to its complexity, understanding the need for early effective MS treatment is crucial. While MS primarily affects the central nervous system, patients may experience a range of symptoms necessitating the need for comprehensive care spanning multiple medical disciplines. In addition, recent advances in MS therapies have provided for an increased number of treatment options that allow clinicians to better manage their patients with MS. The Learning Objectives (see below) for this CME activity comprehensively address the needs of the identified practice gaps.

Multiple Sclerosis Symposium

Who Should Attend?

  • Neurologists.
  • Nurses.
  • Occupational Therapists.
  • Physician Assistants.
  • Physical Therapists.
  • Pharmacists.
  • Nurse Practioners.


The purpose of this program is to increase the understanding, competence and improve clinical practice in patient diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Specifically to:

  • Improve the recognition of demyelinating diseases, including NM0 and MS mimics.
  • Improve the management of MS by understanding alternative and comprehensive therapies in MS.
  • Improve patient quality of life by understanding the physiatry and multidisciplinary needs of the MS patient.
  • Recommend and implement disease modifying therapies.
  • Discuss MRI’s in the MS patient and future technologies.
  • Discuss MS in the Hispanic population.
  • Discuss women’s issues in MS.

Symposium Agenda:

Time Description Physician(s)
7:00 to 8:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast ––––
8:00 to 8:15 a.m. Introduction Barry Hendin, MD
8:15 to 9:00 a.m. NMO and MS Mimics Dean Wingerchuk, MD
9:00 to 9:45 a.m. MS in the Hispanic Population Lilyana Amezcua, MD, MS
9:45 to 10:00 a.m. Coffee break ––––
10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Psychiatric Comorbidities Holly Hendin, MD, PhD
10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Current and Future Disease Modifying Therapies Enrique Alvarez, MD, PhD, MSCI
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch break ––––
12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Innovative Technologies: MRI in MS Daniel Pelletier, MD
1:45 to 2:15 p.m. Women's Issues in MS Lori Travis, MD
2:15 to 2:30 p.m. Coffee break ––––
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: Clinical Experts Nida Laurin, MD, Lori Travis, MD, Ajo Joy, MD, and Jeffrey Gitt, DO
3:30 to 4:00 p.m. Closing remarks and evaluation ––––

Symposium Registration

To register for the symposium, call 800.230.CARE (2273) or register online. You will be asked to provide your name and contact information, including your email address and how you will pay for the symposium — check or credit card. When all of the contact information is completed, you will submit the form and receive a receipt. The receipt can be printed and used for reimbursement if needed. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Registration Fees:

Category Early Bird Cost* (Before Sept. 4, 2018) Regular Cost
Physicians $150 $185
NPs, PAs, Pharmacists $100 $135
Nurses, PTs, OTs $50 $75
Banner Employees, Fellows and Residents Call for special pricing Call for special pricing

Nearby Hotel Accommodations

Other Information

Prize Drawing:

Join us at the end of the day for a chance to win great prizes! We will have raffle drawings in the physician symposium as well as the patient symposium! Don’t miss it! You must be present to win!

WiFi and Electronic Devices:

Complimentary WiFi will be available in the meeting room during the symposium. We strongly urge you to consider bringing an electronic device to take notes instead of using paper. Your notes will be easier to read and organize. Electricity will be provided in the symposium room to keep your electronic device charged.


A photographer will be on-site taking candid shots during the symposium. When you register, you are giving us permission to take and use these photos for future advertisements, brochures, etc.


For a refund consideration, should you need to cancel your registration, please contact Katie MacTaggart, 602-839-2138. Please note, Banner will not reimburse any accrued travel expenses.

Special Accommodations:

For questions or to request special accommodations while attending this symposium, please contact Katie MacTaggart, 602-839-2138.

On behalf of our sponsors and exhibitors, we thank you for attending our symposium and we hope you will enjoy this unique learning experience. A separate half-day patient education symposium is also available.