4th Annual Research Symposium
Monday 30th - Tuesday 31st March 2020
It is with great sorrow that we share the news of the death of Dame Ingrid Allen.
Dame Ingrid had a very distinguished career in medicine with an international reputation for her research in infectious and inflammatory conditions of the nervous system. She had a long association with Queen’s University Belfast, including holding the post as Professor of Neuropathology from 1979 – 1997. She was the inaugural Director of Research and Development in Northern Ireland during the period 1997 – 2002. Following her retirement, as Professor Emerita and Honorary Professor of Neuropathology, she continued to make significant contributions to research in the university and was a very valued mentor to many members of staff.
Dame Ingrid also left behind an amazing and unique collection of tissue of which the Northern Ireland Multiple Sclerosis Research Network (NIMSRN) are the custodians. The collection consists of tissue from over three hundred individuals who had demyelinating disease, the majority of whom had MS, and was collected in Northern Ireland over several decades. This tissue is very rare and valuable as all cases are from an era (1942 – 1986) preceding disease-modifying therapies and as such, represent the natural history of disease. Indeed, this collection contains more than 80 cases that include eye tissue which is thought to be unique in the world. Several international investigators have contacted us requesting access to this eye tissue through collaborative studies, which presents an excellent opportunity to develop neuro-ophthalmic research in the MS research cluster at QUB with leading centres including UCL, Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London and UCSF. Despite the age of the tissue collection, the quality of the tissue is excellent and has been used in key breakthrough studies in the past 10 years.
By Jill Moffatt, Fitzgerald Group
NIMSRN is a collaboration between biomedical researchers in QUB and clinicians from the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) to support and advance cutting-edge research in Multiple Sclerosis in Northern Ireland.
It is our pleasure to invite you to join us at The 4th Annual NIMSRN Symposium “MS Masterclass 2020” taking place on 30th and 31st March 2020 in Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.
This event is growing year on year and will feature over ten invited speakers from France, England, The Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Denmark and Northern Ireland.
The event will also feature oral and poster presentations from selected abstracts and our research image competition will make a popular return.
The 2020 programme will include sessions on clinical care, biomedical research and a special feature on neuro-ophthalmology. We look forward to seeing you in Belfast!
The 4th Annual Northern Ireland Multiple Sclerosis Research Network Symposium “MS Masterclass 2020" will take place over two days this year!
On Monday 30th March talks will be presented throughout the afternoon and the day will conclude with an open evening for patients and their supporters with talks given by some of our guest speakers. Tuesday 31st March will again feature great talks throughout the day along with our keynote talk by Prof Catherine Lubetzki at 1pm.
Both days will also feature selected short talks by our PhD students and postdocs, as well as a number of poster presentations and our popular research image competition.
Registration to this event is completely free and 10 CPD points have been applied for.
The 4th Annual Northern Ireland Multiple Sclerosis Research Network Symposium “MS Masterclass 2020" will feature over ten invited speakers from France, England, The Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Denmark and Northern Ireland.