This weekend I was lucky to be invited to attend a MS Symposium with IQuity in Nashville. It was a fun, interesting, educational and exhausting quick trip to Music City.
IQuity is the first RNA-based tool that providers can use to distinguish multiple sclerosis from healthy controls. The lab suggests analysis of RNA leads to an overall test accuracy of 94%. Any provider can order an IQuity test and one major benefit is the speed of the process and ability to begin disease-modifying therapy earlier. The goal of the approach is to offer a complementary tool for providers that reduce diagnostic uncertainty and speeds up time to diagnosis for patients.
At the Symposium we listened to speakers on MS trends and innovations, challenges and opportunities in treating MS and social media in MS. I will be updating you on the exciting technology and advancements I learned in future articles.
My favorite aspect of the weekend was getting to know and spending time with smart writers, advocates and real people living with MS. Follow them at Just Keep S’Myelin, Stuff could always be worse, Girl with MS – Caroline Craven, Dan and Jennifer Digmann, FUMSnow, It’s only a bruise, Active MSers, Matt Cavallo and Laura Kolaczkowski.
It wasn’t all work; we also had a lovely dinner at Opryland and enjoyed a Cirque de Holidaze show at Grand Ole Opry.
The weekend made me optimistic and motivated about the future of MS.
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I was compensated for my travel and lodging by IQuity, although all opinions are my own.