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2016 National MS Society Public Policy Conference: 25 Years of Impact

March 16, 2016

On March 14-16, the Society convened 340 MS activists from across the country for its 25th annual Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. At the conference, activists learned how to strengthen relationships with elected officials and about federal policies that are important to people with MS. In nearly 400 meetings with congressional offices, MS activists shared their personal stories to urge members of Congress to: MS activists’ meetings and follow-up made incredible impact by growing cosponsorship of the Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act, and securing more than half of Congress’ support for the NIH funding request and 80 Representatives’ support of MS research through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP).

As part of the conference, the Society also bestowed its highest honor to the following elected officials for their leadership on behalf of people with MS: Thank you, MS activists, for participating in person, on social media, and by sending emails and letters to your elected officials!

Learn more about advocacy and become an MS activist.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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