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Multiple Sclerosis International
Volume 2012, Article ID 720206, 4 pages
Review Article

1st International Symposium on Gait and Balance in MS: Gait and Balance Measures in the Evaluation of People with MS

1Department of Neurology, Oregon Health & Science University and Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR 97239, USA
2Doisy College of Health Sciences, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO 63104, USA
3Kennedy Krieger Institute, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA

Received 16 February 2012; Accepted 3 May 2012

Academic Editor: Francesco Patti

Copyright © 2012 Michelle Cameron et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Gait and balance measures have particular potential as outcome measures in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) because, of the many hallmarks of MS disability, gait and balance dysfunction are present throughout the course of the disease, impact many aspects of a person’s life, and progress over time. To highlight the importance and relevance of gait and balance measures in MS, explore novel measurements of gait and balance in MS, and discuss how gait, balance, and fall measures can best be used and developed in clinical and research settings, the 1st International Symposium on Gait and Balance in Multiple Sclerosis was held in Portland, Oregon, USA on October 1, 2011. This meeting brought together nearly 100 neurologists, physiatrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, engineers, and others to discuss the current status and recent advances in the measurement of gait and balance in MS. Presentations focused on clinician-administered, self-administered, and instrumented measures of gait, balance, and falls in MS.