Episode 286: Embedding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Into the MS Movement with Neisha Fredericks

RealTalk MS

Feb 20 2023 • 33 mins

Two years ago, the National MS Society made a public commitment to do more to ensure that the MS movement was open to and reflective of everyone affected by MS.

When you stop to consider issues like access to healthcare or MS clinical research, it quickly becomes apparent that diversity, equity, and inclusion aren't only organizational goals for the MS Society. They also address some of the systemic barriers that directly impact the quality of MS care for members of historically marginalized communities who are living with MS.

Joining me in exploring how the MS Society is embedding the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into every aspect of the MS movement is the National MS Society's Vice-President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Neisha Fredericks.

We're also sharing the details of research conducted at the University of Virginia that identified a specific contributor to the autoimmune response and neuroinflammation that characterize MS.

And we'll give you an up-close and personal illustration of how artificial intelligence (AI) will impact MS research and treatment.

We have a lot to talk about! Are you ready for RealTalk MS??!

This Week: Embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into the MS movement :22

Researchers identify a neuroinflammation "regulator" lurking in the gut microbiome 1:28

Artificial intelligence will have an impact on virtually every aspect of MS research and care 4:45

Neisha Fredericks, the National MS Society's Vice-President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, discusses the work that's taken place and the work still to be done to ensure that the MS movement is open to and reflective of everyone affected by MS 9:38

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STUDY:  The Activity of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in T Cells Tunes the Gut Microenvironment to Sustain Autoimmunity and Neuroinflammation


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RealTalk MS Episode 286
Guest: Neisha Fredericks

Tags: MS, MultipleSclerosis, MSResearch, MSSociety, RealTalkMS