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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 champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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MCCA Chooses LocalNav as Exclusive Itinerary and Activity-Planning Provider

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (the "MCCA"), which runs the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, has entered into an agreement with LocalNav, Inc. ("LocalNav") to deploy and promote LocalNav's signature activity-planning and metrics-gathering platform for attendees at MCCA conference and events. LocalNav is a fully brandable, hosted solution for tourism, hospitality, and event organizations that provides visitors with a hassle-free way to explore a new city or region. Through the partnership between LocalNav and the MCCA, LocalNav will become the exclusive provider of itineraries to MCCA attendees, and the activity-planner will be incorporated into the MCCA's mobile apps and various web properties, as well as within the convention centers themselves during events.

 

"When we decided to add maps and navigation to our mobile apps, we didn't just want a graphic with an overwhelming list of all the amazing restaurants and attractions around our convention centers and throughout Greater Boston," said Steve Snyder, the MCCA's chief information officer. "LocalNav helped us accomplish a solution that can guide attendees based on their interests, the type of event they are attending, and how much time they have to explore. We are excited about our partnership with LocalNav, and look forward to working collaboratively to provide even more fun, interesting activities and location-based functionality for our customers."

 

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Join a Selection From Over 150 Regional Artists as they Light Up Boston for Illuminus

I love a New England autumn as much as the next Bay Stater but one thing I'm sure most of us can agree on is that is simply sucks that with every day comes an even longer night. I'm not one who enjoys a veil of twilight that transitions from setting in after I've made my way home for an evening to already being present once I step out of the BostInno office. But in late October, I'll make an exception. Because you can't have a killer laser show without some darkness.

 

On October 25, Illuminus will be overtaking Boston's SoWa district, known primarily as the location of the sweeping South End farmer's market, and transforming it into an urban canvas on which vibrant light projections and installations will be displayed as civic art.

 

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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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Boston the hot spot for bots

Global robotics executives will converge on Boston this week as the leading business development event for the robotics industry has its 10th annual conference here, solidifying the Hub’s reputation as a national leader in artificial intelligence bots.

 

Cutting-edge innovators will display robots that teach special education students, toy robots, autonomous vehicles for mining and military manufacturing, wearable robots that help people with disabilities walk, and humanoid bots complete with arms and legs.

 

“Boston has really become the focal point for leadership in the promotion of robotics on a national stage,” said RoboBusiness attendee Rich Mahoney, director of robotics at SRI International, a Silicon Valley research and development nonprofit. “More than iRobot being founded there, it’s the leadership those founders have shown.”

 

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Boston ranks second in pedestrian safety survey

Boston is famously home to the bean and the cod --- and maybe to bad drivers as well. When it comes to churlishness and bad attitude behind the wheel, Boston is reputedly second to none.

 

So it comes as a bit of a surprise perhaps that Boston was second in a new survey from Liberty Mutual Insurance that ranked major US cities by pedestrian safety.

 

The thoughtful observer might conclude that in a city awash with truculent and heedless drivers, pedestrians would be continually at risk. But when it comes to pedestrian safety, only Seattle eclipsed the Hub.

 

In drawing up its survey, Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance said it arrived at its results by examining city statistics and measuring perceptions of residents and commuters.

 

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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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