MS Frontiers

Our MS Frontiers conference is the UK's largest biennial conference for MS research professionals. 

MS Frontiers is a key part of our strategy to accelerate progress to stopping MS. At this conference, we bring together scientists, clinicians and health care professionals to network and share the latest advances in MS research. 

We also give the next generation of MS researchers a platform to present their work and hear from world experts. 

Bringing the research community together to stop MS

MS Frontiers 2024

Abstract submission is now closed.

Registration for MS Frontiers 2024 is open. You can book conference tickets and accommodation now. Registration closes on Wednesday 19 June.

The next MS Frontiers will be held at the University of Liverpool on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July 2024. 

On the afternoon of Wednesday 3 July 2024 there will also be an event for early career researchers (ECRs). This is designed specifically to support those starting their careers in MS research. It will bring you together with other ECRs for learning, development, networking and collaboration. Afterwards, there'll be an evening networking event for ECRs. This session has reached capacity and registration is now closed.

Discounted tickets are available to early career researchers and health care professionals. Early career researchers who submit an abstract can also apply for a bursary to support the cost of attending Frontiers. These will be awarded on a competitive basis.    

Scientific Steering Committee

The Scientific Steering Committee supports and advises the MS Society to make sure MS Frontiers best meets the needs of the research community.

  • Co-chair: Dr Yvonne Dombrowski (Queen's University Belfast)
  • Co-chair: Dr Emma Tallantyre (Cardiff University)
  • Prof Ruth Dobson (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Dr Karim Kreft (Cardiff University)
  • Dr Gavin Brittain (Sheffield University)
  • Dr Owain Howell (Swansea University)
  • Dr Donia Arafa (University of Edinburgh)
  • Joela Mathews (Barts Health Trust)
  • Marie Braisher (University College London)
  • Dr Annie Hawton (University of Exeter)
  • Dr Prince Nwaubani (King's College London) 
  • Dr Rachael Hunter (Swansea University)  

We’re pleased to share with you the exciting programme we’ve developed for MS Frontiers this year. The theme of the conference is 'translation and impact', so speakers will focus on how their research will benefit people with MS.

Download the final MS Frontiers 2024 Conference programme PDF (221KB) 

Keynote plenaries

Our programme features plenary talks from leading researchers from the UK and overseas:

Cognition in MS: current advances and future perspectives

  • Professor Maria Pia Amato (University of Florence)

MS biology in the ageing central nervous system

  • Professor Jennifer Graves (University of California San Diego)

Repurposing therapies for MS - lab insights and clinical progress

  • Professor Anna Williams (University of Edinburgh)

What does MS look like in 2034?

  • Professor Alasdair Coles (University of Cambridge)

Conference debate: Artificial Intelligence is ready to personalise care for people with MS – for and against

  • Dr Kate Petheram (South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust) - for the motion
  • Dr Arman Eshaghi (University College London) - against the motion
  • Panel discussion with: Dr Nikos Evangelou (University of Nottingham), Professor Helen Ford (University of Leeds), Stuart Nixon (MS Society Ambassador)

Parallel sessions

Throughout the conference you’ll also have a range of inspiring parallel sessions to attend:

  • The personalised approach: from research to changing how we treat people living with MS
  • Cellular and molecular players in MS
  • Wellbeing of people affected by MS
  • Targeting progression: new insights and opportunities from pathology
  • MS Society's UK MS Prevention Taskforce: making progress towards preventing MS
  • Neuroimmunology in MS
  • Using “big data” at an individual level
  • Measuring and managing the cognitive impacts of MS

Abstract submission is now closed.

If you were a delegate at the 2022 event, you can download the MS Frontiers 2022 poster abstracts (PDF, 558.34 KB)

Registration for MS Frontiers 2024 closes on Wednesday 19 June.

Book your place on the Eventbrite page

Discounted tickets are available to early career researchers and healthcare professionals.  

Please note, the definition of early career researcher and health care professionals can vary between events. Our definition of early career researcher includes those new to research, students (undergraduate & postgraduate), Early Career Fellows and Postdoctoral Researchers, including the clinical equivalent. Our definition of health care professional includes junior doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. 

University campus accommodation is available for Wednesday 3 July and Thursday 4 July. You can add this to your basket when booking your conference ticket via our page on Eventbrite.  

Accommodation costs £70 per night.  

Book your accommodation on the Eventbrite page. 

MS Frontiers 2024 delegates can download the conference handbook here. Delegates can also download the poster abstracts here

The passwords for the documents will be available to delegates at the conference.

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