Think Big: A Night Out With Your Brain

Multiple Sclerosis: Victories and Mysteries

In MS, the body launches an attack — on  itself. Sometimes boldly, sometimes hesitantly. What accounts for such dramatic changes?  Who does MS affect? While there’s no cure yet, advances in treatment over the past 25 years have made it possible for patients to live full, comfortable lives. New research might make it feasible to repair the damage that MS causes, or even prevent the disease.

Friday, June 15, 2018
Doors: 6:00 p.m.
Talk: 6:30 p.m.
Reception: 7:30 p.m.
Central Library

RSVP ONLINE or call 403.260.2620 to register.

This adults-only event is FREE (but seating is limited).


Dr. Luanne Metz

Dr. Luanne Metz is a professor and Head of the Division of Neurology in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine and a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. She is recognized globally as an expert in Multiple Sclerosis (MS), is widely published, and holds several grants. She has led over 50 industry-sponsored clinical trials, has served on several international data and safety monitoring boards, and has designed and completed her own investigator-initiated studies.

Dr. Metz is acclaimed for the enhancing development of the Calgary MS Clinic, in collaboration with Clinic Manager/Nurse Practitioner Colleen Harris, and for the development of a bench-to-bedside translational research program in collaboration with basic scientist Dr. V. Wee Yong. Specific areas of research interest include clinical trial design, development of novel therapies (including minocycline), study of oral corticosteroids and vitamin D, and mental health issues in MS (in collaboration with Dr. S. B. Patten). Dr. Metz implemented an electronic health record in the Calgary MS Clinic that supports patient care, clinic management, and outcomes research. 


Dr. Shalina Ousman

Dr. Shalina Ousman is an Associate Professor of Translational Neuroscience in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary and a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute.  Her research centres around MS, with the goal to identify and mobilize endogenous protective responses in MS that antagonize the damaging events and/or mediate the repair process. 

Dr. Ousman completed her BSc (Honours) in Biology, a Master’s of Science degree in Physiology at Queen’s University, and her PhD in Neurosciences at McGill University. Following this, Dr. Ousman completed two post-doctoral fellowships, the first at the Scripps Research Institute in the Department of Neuropharmacology, and the second at Stanford University in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Studies. When she returned to Canada in 2008, Dr. Ousman chose to join the Cumming School of Medicine at UCalgary not only for the world-class MS Program, but also for the collaborative spirit among the other MS, Neuroscience, and Immunology researchers. 



Jay Ingram is a Canadian science writer/broadcaster. He has hosted two national science programs in Canada, Quirks and Quarks on CBC radio and Daily Planet on Discovery Channel Canada. He has written 15 books, which have been translated into 16 languages, has six honorary degrees and is a member of the Order of Canada.