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The Virginia - West Virginia Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS throughout Virginia and West Virginia, as well as three counties in northeastern North Carolina and seven counties in southeastern Kentucky, and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.


Now Accepting Registrations for Newly Diagnosed Teleconference Series

August 1, 2014

If you or someone close to you has recently been given a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. Or, you may be feeling so overwhelmed by the diagnosis that you aren’t sure what kinds of questions to ask. The Newly Diagnosed Teleconference Series is an opportunity to hear useful information directly from experts in the field. These experts will discuss information that is most relevant to someone who has been diagnosed with MS within the last two years.

Each teleconference lasts just one hour and is accessible via a toll-free number. You can ask questions or just listen to the information. Best of all, you can do so from the privacy of your own home. Participate in several calls or just the one that interests you.

What is a Teleconference?

A teleconference is an opportunity to learn new information from the comfort of home by calling into a designated number to hear an interactive presentation.

*You will need to register individually for each call you wish to attend.


Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 7:00 pm


Whether you have or may have MS, or care about someone who does, finding the right information is an important step. Learning more about the disease can help ease the anxiety and confusion that sometimes comes. This call will cover the basics of multiple sclerosis including how to access information about MS and ask questions. 

Guest Speaker: Julie Fiol, RN, BSN--Research Nurse with Johns Hopkins MS Center

The registration deadline for this call is August 26, 2014.


Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 7:00 pm


Just as the experience of living with multiple sclerosis varies from person to person, so too are the options available for managing one’s care. On this call you will learn about current MS therapies and those in the development pipeline.  You will also hear about effective treatment strategies and medications that offer relief for specific symptoms. The information from this call will enable you to partner with your own doctor to formulate a personal MS care plan.   

Guest Speaker:

David Tabby was born in Philadelphia. He graduated from Princeton University in 1980 with a degree in Population Biology. Dr. Tabby earned his Osteopathic Medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1984. He completed his Neurology residency at Thomas Jefferson under Robert J. Schwartzman, M.D. in 1988, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Tabby was in private practice in Philadelphia for 14 years. In 2002, he became an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Drexel University College of Medicine and in 2014 returned to private practice in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.  Dr. Tabby’s interest in MS started in his residency, when he worked with Fred Lublin, M.D. and Robert Knobler, M.D. He is certified by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers as a practitioner. Dr. Tabby has participated in many MS clinical trials and original research projects involving cognition in MS.

The registration deadline for this call is September 2, 2014.


Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 7:00 pm


We know it can be difficult to hear the words "You have MS." There are so many questions that arise in the first few years about what the diagnosis means for you, how it will impact your relationships and career, and how to manage the chronic nature of the disease. This teleconference will outline the pros and cons of disclosing your symptoms and diagnosis to family, friends and employers, as well as federal laws that protect individuals with disabilities in the work place.

Guest Speaker: Christina Forster, MA, CRC--National MS Society Employment Specialist

The registration deadline for this call is September 9, 2014.

About the Virginia - West Virginia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Virginia - West Virginia Chapter of the National MS Society provides comprehensive programs and advocacy to assist and empower the more than 12,000 individuals with multiple sclerosis residing throughout Virginia and West Virginia, as well as three counties in northeastern North Carolina and seven counties in southeastern Kentucky. The Virginia - West Virginia Chapter is also a driving force of research for the prevention, treatment and cure of MS and contributes funds to support National MS Society research projects worldwide. The Chapter has offices in Richmond, VA; Virginia Beach, VA; Charlottesville, VA; and Charleston, WV.

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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