Colleen Hayes speaks at MS summit

CALS biochemistry professor Colleen Hayes will be part of a panel of experts sharing the latest information about multiple sclerosis research and treatments at the 2013 MS Summit, March 16 at the Country Springs Conference Center in Pewaukee.

Hayes is a nationally recognized MS researcher whose studies have laid the foundation for much of the research into the role of vitamin D and the risk of developing MS. Dr. Hayes and her colleagues are also currently investigating the interaction between vitamin D and estrogen, and the role it may play in controlling MS-like immune attacks.

MS Summit is scheduled as a capstone for MS Awareness Week, March 11-17, a time when people across the nation come together to share, educate and build awareness to create a world free of MS. The annual event brings together individuals and families affected by multiple sclerosis for a day of networking and education in a supportive and social atmosphere. There is no charge to attend but registration is required. The Summit will be held at Country Springs Conference Center, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee. For more details on the event and the speakers, or to register, visit or call 262-369-4400 (toll free 800-242-3358).

Other speakers at MS Summit include: Bonnie Dittel, Ph.D., John Fleming M.D., Bhupendra Khatri, M.D., Julie Olson, Ph.D., and Alexander Ng, Ph.D.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide. More than 10,000 children, women and men have been diagnosed in Wisconsin, giving the state one of the highest incidence rates in the country.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society invested $44 million in 2012 to support more than 350 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement by contacting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter at or 262-369-4400 (toll-free 800-242-3358).

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at or 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).