MSUToday
Published: April 24, 2018

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation annual conference set for May 12

Contact(s): Laura Probyn College of Osteopathic Medicine office: (517) 884-3755 laura.probyn@hc.msu.edu

Patients and their families are invited to attend the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of Michigan’s annual conference, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Michigan State University radiology auditorium located at 846 Service Road, East Lansing.

The conference will include a number of presenters including:

  • Sally O’Meara, nurse educator, who will discuss managing the disease through technology.
  • Melanie Taylor, Mercy Health neurologist, who will talk about current and future treatment options.
  • Sejal Tamakuwalal, an obstetrics and gynecology resident at Detroit Medical Center, who will cover the disease and surgery.
  • Amit Sachdev, MSU assistant professor and director of the division of neuromuscular medicine, who will share information about clinical trials.

According to Sachdev, myasthenia gravis, or MG, is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease that affects about 10 out of every 100,000 people. People who are typcially more affected by the disease include young females of childbearing age and men aged 65 and up.

MG causes weakness in the arms and legs, and affects walking, breathing, swallowing and vision. While there is no known cure for MG, effective treatments allow many patients to live full lives.

The $15 registration fee is due May 4. To register or receive more information, visit here or call 616-956-0622.

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