Health Briefs, Feb. 4, 2014

Rocky Mountain MS Center names CEO

The Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center selected Gina Berg as its new chief executive officer.

The Rocky Mountain MS Center is the regional leader in providing clinical care, research, education and support to people with multiple sclerosis and their families. As CEO, Berg has oversight of the strategic direction and operation of the center’s programs and services.

Berg has more than 14 years of experience as a nonprofit executive. Prior to joining the Rocky Mountain MS Center, she served as a major gifts officer for the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation and as director of development for the Denver affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

“Gina is an excellent fit for the Rocky Mountain MS Center,” said Board Chairman Paul Wisor in a news release.

MS Society pledges $19.4 million in ‘14


The National MS Society has committed $19.4 million to support 38 new research projects aimed at stopping multiple sclerosis, restoring function and ending the disease forever.

Each year a portion of funds raised by the Colorado-Wyoming chapter’s events, including Walk MS and Bike MS, are contributed to support the society’s global research projects. 

In 2013, the chapter contributed a record $1.5 million to research efforts.

The new projects funded by the society range from a clinical trial to test whether ibudilast, a repurposed therapy, can protect the nervous system and slow or stop progressive MS, to examining whether potential benefits of vitamin D therapy depend on an individual gene.

“The key to stopping MS, reversing damage caused by MS and ending MS forever is research,” said Colorado-Wyoming Chapter President Carrie Nolan in a news release.

The society is the largest private funder of MS research in the world. 

In 2013 alone, the society invested more than $48 million to fund 380 research projects worldwide — nine are located in Colorado. 

The chapter’s 2014 fundraising events kick off with Wyoming Walk MS in Laramie and Gillette on April 12. Walk MS Denver and Walk MS Grand Junction lead off events in Colorado on May 3.

Valentine’s dance for seniors planned


Hilltop’s Senior Living Communities and The Beacon Senior Newspaper are hosting a special Valentine’s dance for those 55 and better. The event is open to the public and will be from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Commons of Hilltop Garden Room, 625 
27 1/2 Road. There will be dancing and live music from Clark Gaults’ Swing City Express, playing classic swing and big band hits, a wine bar and hors d’oeuvres.

The Valentine’s Dance was carefully planned for couples and singles over the age of 55 with an emphasis on socializing and companionship. Social directors and dance partners will be on hand to assure everyone has a good time.

Advance tickets are $15 per person or $30 per couple and are available by calling 243-8829. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20 per person or $35 per couple.

Alternative health expo to be Saturday


Healers of the Valley, a Business Incubator client, is presenting an Alternative Health Expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 2817 North Ave.

The theme of the expo is to educate, inform and empower the community about Alternative Health options and how to make knowledgeable decisions.

More than 40 vendors will be at the event, including foods, cosmetics, health coaches, equipment, therapy and medical practitioners. 

For a list of sponsors and vendors, go to

There is no cost to attend.

Healers of the Valley provides consumers with health care choices. Alternative medicine allows consumers to take more control of their wellness decisions, rather than being confined to drugs or surgery.


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