- MDA's biennial clinical conference will be held March 16-19, 2014, in Chicago.
- Multiple sessions for physicians and allied health professionals associated with MDA clinics will provide opportunities for dialogue on the latest developments in medical care for children and adults with neuromuscular disease.
- A special forum in conjunction with the conference will take place the evening of Tuesday, March 18, and will be streamed live and then archived on MDA's website. All MDA families are invited to log in and participate.
"Optimizing Care: Improving Lives Through Clinical Excellence" is the theme of the 2014 MDA Clinical Conference, which takes place March 16-19 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. A secondary theme — "I am progress" — also will be in evidence, referencing the crucial role that MDA clinic team members nationwide have in providing expert medical care in neuromuscular disease and identifying new strategies for optimal care.
"For decades, MDA clinic teams have been dedicated to making life better for those affected by neuromuscular disease and, as a result, individuals are living longer and staying stronger," said neurologist Valerie Cwik, M.D., MDA's chief medical and scientific officer. "But even with the tremendous progress that's been made over the years, our clinic teams know we still have much work to do in the fight against muscle diseases. I’m excited that so many of them will be participating in this conference and exchanging information; it’s another demonstration of their unwavering commitment to improving and saving lives."
MDA holds annual conferences
The meeting is part of MDA’s annual conference series, which hosts clinical (health care) gatherings and scientific research gatherings in alternate years.
This year's conference will be co-chaired by Ericka Simpson, M.D., from the Methodist Neurological Institute in Houston and John Day, M.D., Ph.D., from Stanford University School of Medicine. They, along with the conference planning committee, constructed a robust agenda on a wide range of topics of importance to medical professionals caring for those with neuromuscular disease.
Main audience is physicians and allied health professionals
The primary conference audience is MDA clinic directors and clinic team members, including physicians, registered nurses, physical and occupational therapists, genetic counselors, social workers and more.
Presentations for neuromuscular disease professionals will focus on the following areas:
- diagnostic strategies;
- disease management;
- specialized care;
- ethical issues and palliative care;
- helping teens with neuromuscular disorders make the transition to adulthood; and
- therapeutics and clinical trials.
A poster session, where attendees can view and discuss visual presentations on neuromuscular disease care in an informal setting, will take place Monday evening, March 17.
A complete agenda is available on the MDA site.
New for the 2014 conference: A special forum for MDA families
A special family forum will take place Tuesday, March 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time. The forum, hosted by Day and Simpson, provides an opportunity for MDA families to hear about key topics being discussed at the conference and to ask questions. The Family Forum will be available via live video stream and will be archived on the MDA website. Keep checking mda.org for more details on how to view and participate in the live video stream. Questions can be submitted in real time during the forum via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MDA community also can follow the excitement of the conference via MDA's Facebook and Twitter feeds, which will include links to blogs from some conference attendees and some short videos.
Supporters helped make this meeting possible
MDA is deeply grateful to the following companies for their support of the 2014 Clinical Conference: