Emerging Therapies, Pain Management and Depression: Featured Topics at SBUMC MS Patient Education Series


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    Free Program Offers Expert Views, Q&A Sessions

    STONY BROOK, N.Y., March 17, 2010 – The Department of Neurology and the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Comprehensive Care Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center will hold a free eduational series this spring geared toward MS patients and their families. The series runs each Thursday evening, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, from March 25 to April 15. Featured speakers will be physicians, nurses and other specialists from the MS Comprehensive Care Center at SBUMC.

    Each weekly program includes a theme/topic, a one hour presentation, an open dialogue on the topic and related issues, and a question and answer session. Light refreshments will also be served during the program.

    On March 25, Drs. Patricia Coyle and Lauren Krupp, neurologists specializing in the treatment of MS, will discuss “Changing The Future: Emerging Therapies.” They will detail the landscape of MS therapies and approaches to care, particularly in light of the development of new oral medications.

    The other weekly topics include: “Making It Work – Spasticity,” on April 1, with Warren Spinner, M.D., Candi Rienzie, D.P.T., and Patricia Melville, N.P.; “Pain Management,” April 8, with Carol Agin, M.D.; and “Depression and MS,” April 15, with Kathleen Shurpin, Ph.D., R.N.

    Each Thursday program will be held at the Stony Brook Neurology Outpatient Offices at 179 Belle Mead Road in Setauket, N.Y.

    Registration is required for attending the MS Patient Education Series. For further information and registration, contact Jill Hughes at 631-444-7210, or Jill.Hughs@stonybrook.edu.

    The MS Comprehensive Care Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center is dedicated to the care and treatment of adult individuals and children with MS. The team of specialists includes neurologists, nurses, and physical therapists who specialize in MS. The Center offers comprehensive consultative services and ongoing care to patients and their families. The Center is closely affiliated with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Through the Center, patients are offered the opportunity to participate in a range of cutting edge clinical trials. Furthermore, Stony Brook is the home of The National Pediatric MS Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center, which is funded in part by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and designated as a Center of Excellence by the Society.

    Drs. Lauren Krupp and Patricia Coyle, center, with some members of the medical team of the MS Comprehensive Care Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center.