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Glasgow prepares to host record-breaking International Symposium on ALS/MND

Over 1,300 of the world’s top researchers and clinicians working in the field of MND will attend the 29th International Symposium

Glasgow is getting ready to welcome over 1,300 of the world’s top researchers and clinicians working in the field of motor neurone disease to this year’s International Symposium on ALS/MND. Taking place from Friday 7th – Sunday 9th December 2018, the 29th International Symposium is set to achieve record breaking delegate attendance figures.  

The Symposium is organised by MND Association and this year is hosted by MND Scotland. 

Scotland aims to become a world leader in Motor Neurone Disease clinical care and research. Indeed, welcoming such a prestigious international conference helps to cement Glasgow’s reputation as one of the world’s leading conventions cities while highlighting the city’s position at the epicentre of medical innovation and world-leading research. 

To ensure Glasgow gives the warmest welcome possible to all attendees, Glasgow Convention Bureau has partnered with Glasgow Welcomes (supported by Scottish Enterprise) and VisitScotland to launch the People Make Glasgow Welcome initiative.  A crucial element of this being the free educational sessions designed to help taxi drivers, staff at the transport hubs, Scottish Event Campus, hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions better understand the requirements of delegates who will soon be arriving in Glasgow.

Glasgow has been cited as one of the world’s friendliest cities and the People Make Glasgow Welcome initiative epitomises how Team Glasgow supports and works with our conference organisers to gain a fuller understanding of our delegates’ needs. The educational sessions, led by our clients, has prepared the city to give a warm, educated and appropriate welcome – this will leave a lasting legacy on the city which will benefit both Glaswegians and future visitors living with Motor Neurone Disease.

We are delighted to be the first city in the world to offer such training and city wide preparation for this prestigious meeting and we will be sharing the video of these sessions with the MND Association, so that they may take this to their next conference destination.
Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau
We are delighted to be hosting this year’s International Symposium on ALS/MND in Glasgow, and to be working with the Glasgow Convention Bureau to ensure people with Motor Neurone Disease are properly welcomed to the city.

As well supporting people with MND, and funding research for a cure, we want everyone with MND to be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. The awareness sessions we ran for Glasgow’s hospitality industry will give people an understanding of what MND is, how it affects people, and how best to accommodate someone with the illness. There are practical tips and advice, which can be used long after the symposium leaves Scotland.
Craig Stockton, CEO of MND Scotland


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About Glasgow Convention Bureau

Glasgow is one of the world’s leading conference destinations and, today, business tourism contributes significantly to the city’s economy. In the 2016/17 financial year, Glasgow won over 500 new international and UK conferences through to 2023 worth £142 million – the city’s best ever annual return. Glasgow Convention Bureau is the city’s primary point of contact for conference organisers, working with partners on over 100 bids for major UK and international conferences each year.

About MND

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a rapidly progressing terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles. This may cause someone to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or breathe unaided. There is currently no cure or effective treatment for MND and the average life expectancy from diagnosis is just 20 months.

On average almost 200 people are diagnosed each year in Scotland, 53% die within one year of diagnosis and 6.5% live for more than 5 years after diagnosis.* There are over 450 people in Scotland currently living with MND.

*data from the Scottish MND Register 2015 and 2016.

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