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Young Scientist Summit in Clinical Neuroimmunology

October 30 - November 2, 2023 - Scottsdale, AZ

A core value of ACTRIMS is to mentor, educate and foster the careers of students, neurology residents, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty who are interested in MS-related research and/or clinical practice. 

The purpose of this Summit is to educate young investigators who do not have clinical training and are engaged in multiple sclerosis-related research about MS diagnostic criteria, clinical subtypes, epidemiology, neuropathology, and treatment. The long-term goal is to forge bridges between the bench and bedside that will help junior PhD investigators formulate research questions and projects and to seek collaborations with their physician colleagues, that are more likely to lead to translational advancements in MS. 

Applicants to the Young Scientist Summit are Master’s or PhD candidates engaged in multiple sclerosis-related research that are not MD/clinically trained.

As a North American organization, preference is given to applicants from the US and Canada. Acceptance of international applications is decided on a case-by-case basis.

Participation in the Young Scientist Summit is a great opportunity for scientists to both better understand how their research impacts patients with MS and become informed about current approaches in the diagnosis and treatment of MS, as well as network and receive one-on-one career advice.  

The Young Scientist Summit program is comprised of: 

  • Lectures on topics such as clinical trial design, current disease modifying therapies, paraclinical tests and outcome measures, and neuropathology of MS
  • Case study presentations
  • Workshops and panels on women and underrepresented minorities in MS research, global perspectives in MS research, animal models of MS, career pathways, and enhancing translational research
  • A poster session (Applicants can submit a poster abstract for inclusion during the application process.)
  • Networking opportunities.


Schedule of Events
Monday, October 30, 2023 (arrivals)
Evening Welcome Event
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Full-day Programming
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Full-day Programming
Evening Poster Session
Thursday, November 2, 2023 (departures)
Morning Programming


The Young Scientist Summit in Clinical Neuroimmunology will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona from October 30 - November 2, 2023 at the Hotel Valley Ho. If your application is accepted, you will be given directions on how to participate in the program. ACTRIMS does provide roundtrip airfare and hotel stay for the duration of the Summit. Participants may be asked to share accommodations depending on the number of applicants and hotel space available.

Applications for the 2023 Summit are now closed. Applicants will be notified of status by August 15, 2023. Should you have any questions about the Summit or the application process, please contact Keri Lore ([email protected]).

Sponsorship Opportunities

A variety of sponsorship opportunities ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. See below for more information. To request a sponsorship opportunity, please contact Brittany Marsala Olson at [email protected].


Thank you to our 2023 Industry Sponsors!