The fifth annual Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) Forum 2020 will take place February 27 - February 29 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center and the Hilton Hotel in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Themed “Networks in MS,” this CME accredited meeting stands apart from many traditional medical meetings by offering a singular track of scientific and clinical presentations in an interactive environment, as well as numerous networking opportunities. Highlights of the Forum include the Kenneth P. Johnson Memorial Lecture and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) Barancik Award presentation and talk. In addition, two poster sessions will showcase approximately 300 posters.

ACTRIMS is committed to fostering the careers of Young Investigators with an interest in MS. The first session of the Forum is composed of platform presentations by Young Investigators who will be selected based on a review of the submitted abstracts. In addition, junior faculty, fellows and students who submit abstracts are eligible for an education grant to support their attendance. Neurologists in training will learn about career paths in clinical and investigative neuroimmunology through the pre-conference event, "Neurology Resident Summit in Multiple Sclerosis.”

ACTRIMS Forum 2020 will provide an excellent opportunity to interact with scientists and clinicians at the cutting edge of MS research. The inaugural ACTRIMS Forum, held in New Orleans in February 2016, was a great success with over 600 participants, well surpassing the original projected attendance of 250. Year after year, the ACTRIMS Forum continues to have record-breaking participation with over 1,200 attendees in 2019. As ACTRIMS continues to further its mission of providing leadership in the field of multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases, the Forum 2020 expects to maintain approximately 1,200 attendees.

+ Mission

The ACTRIMS Forum is a translational science meeting highlighting novel and rigorous scientific discoveries made in MS that advance our understanding of research and clinical care of MS patients.

+ Goals

  • Explore the interconnections between cells and systems that impact and inform MS research and treatment
  • Discuss the current state of knowledge regarding cellular, molecular, neural and social networks in MS
  • Review current knowledge of biomarkers differentiating forms of MS and MS from other disorders
  • Understand clinical, biological and radiological predictors of MS disease course
  • Examine emerging biotechnologies applicable to MS
  • Discuss algorithms and predictive models for MS therapeutic management
  • Provide mentorship to trainees and junior faculty interested in a career in MS research and/or clinical practice
  • Ensure that research findings are disseminated to various stakeholder groups, including MS care providers, researchers, media outlets, social media, and patient advocacy groups

+ Reasons to Attend

  • Become informed in the latest knowledge in scientific principles to clinical application approaches
  • Get career advice from established investigators on how to launch a career as a young investigator
  • Optimize MS management
  • Network with clinical and scientific experts in the field of MS and neuroimmunology
  • Learn through a unique and intersectoral approach, looking at a single issue from multiple perspectives in a contained meeting which favors exchanges and learning
  • Bring clinicians and scientists together, in the same unique room, to provide a deeper and more comprehensive dive into the topics

+ Who Should Attend

The Forum will be of value to researchers, clinicians, residents, students and postdoctoral fellows who have an interest in the cellular, molecular, neural and social networks within MS research and treatment fields.