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Convention for MS researchers opens in Boston

Understanding how people living with multiple sclerosis grapple with symptoms and respond to medication is becoming a top priority for neurologists and drug companies, said health professionals in town for the MSBoston2014 convention, which opened Wednesday.

 

“We’ve focused a lot on the neurologists’ impressions of how people are doing,” Dr. Jeffrey A. Cohen, director of the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research at the Cleveland Clinic, said during a press briefing. “Now we realize it’s important to get the patients’ input.”

 

MS patients and advocates are a major presence at MSBoston2014 — the largest MS scientific meeting ever, with more than 8,500 people registered — and at various events surrounding the convention. MSBoston2014, which runs through Saturday at the Hynes Convention Center, is sponsored jointly by the Americas and European Committees for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis.

 

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"The outside marque at the BCEC not only added excitement around our event but it attracted buzz in the surrounding community and drew the attention of the media who put photos of the digital display in their press articles about our event!"

- Cory Bolotsky, MassChallenge, Inc

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'Swing Time' at The Lawn on D Combines Playground Fun & Interactive Art

As if The Lawn on D, a 2.7-acre park on D Street next to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, doesn't offer Bostonians enough engaging events and innovative installments (it most certainly does), the masterminds behind Boston's next great public park are helping to give you a playground item found almost anywhere. Only, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority isn't breaking ground on any old swing set.

 

Dubbed 'Swing Time,' these swings are no ordinary oscillating seats. Rather, they're more one part swing, one part interactive art. And they're designed so that those who use them will not only interact with the swing, but interact with each other as well. At least, that's the intention of designers Meejin Yoon and Eric Höweler of Höweler + Yoon Architecture.

 

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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'Swing Time' at The Lawn on D Combines Playground Fun & Interactive Art

As if The Lawn on D, a 2.7-acre park on D Street next to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, doesn't offer Bostonians enough engaging events and innovative installments (it most certainly does), the masterminds behind Boston's next great public park are helping to give you a playground item found almost anywhere. Only, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority isn't breaking ground on any old swing set.

 

Dubbed 'Swing Time,' these swings are no ordinary oscillating seats. Rather, they're more one part swing, one part interactive art. And they're designed so that those who use them will not only interact with the swing, but interact with each other as well. At least, that's the intention of designers Meejin Yoon and Eric Höweler of Höweler + Yoon Architecture.

 

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“There’s nothing more rewarding to me than seeing a city-kid on a boat for the first time — smiling, confident, and amazed after catching their first fish. To keep our program running, we rely on the generosity and support of programs like the MCCA’s Community Partnership Grants. Their commitment to community programs, particularly youth programs, makes our small operation and all those smiles possible.”

- John Hoffman, Fishing Academy, Brighton, MA

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Local food lands at Logan Airport

Michael Levine figured travelers would want to eat local even when they were about to fly off to someplace else, but he wasn’t counting on the crowds that have flocked to his Berkshire Farms Market at Logan International Airport during its first four months of operation.

 

The upscale food market, in the newly renovated Terminal B, offers a range of local food products that stand out from typical fast-food-style airport fare.

 

Berkshire Farms sells maple syrup and roasted nuts made in Williamstown, chocolate from Sheffield, gluten-free brownies from Great Barrington, jams and preserves canned in Ashfield, and other foods from the Berkshires.

 

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Biopharmaceutical companies shifting labs, jobs to Mass.

A wave of biopharmaceutical industry consolidation has been bringing jobs and companies to Massachusetts even as it has led to darkened labs and uprooted scientists in other states.

 

GE Healthcare became the latest player to disclose it is shrinking its R&D footprint elsewhere but growing in Massachusetts. The company, which last week said it would eliminate hundreds of jobs in New Jersey next year, on Wednesday confirmed it will move its US life sciences headquarters to Marlborough and add 220 employees.

 

“A lot of our customer base is in Massachusetts,” said Kieran Murphy, the London-based president of GE Healthcare Life Sciences, which sells bioreactors, diagnostics, and processing equipment used in drug making. “It’s the home of pharma and of biotech. We feel we can access great talent from the universities there because it’s a center of innovation.”

 

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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