GBS/CIDP Foundation International, Sonic Foundry Event Services Partner to Create World’s First Video Library for Early Diagnosis of Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
MADISON, Wis., Nov. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Armed with the latest information, physicians can diagnose patients with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) more easily and earlier, increasing the chances of successful recovery. Thanks to a partnership between Sonic Foundry, Inc. (Nasdaq: SOFO), the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, and the GBS/CIDP Foundation International, the most recent developments and treatment options will be available with the click of a mouse, as Sonic Foundry Event Services webcasts the 11th International Symposium of the GBS/CIDP Foundation International. The event takes place November 5 – 7 in King of Prussia, PA.
The on-demand program will include seven general sessions and 14 workshops, offering an unprecedented level of practical information and teaching valuable skills to help providers, patients and caregivers better recognize, understand and treat the diseases. Attendees will learn about every phase of GBS and CIDP: from diagnosis, treatment and care to rehabilitation, coping skills, emotional issues and the latest in research. After the conference participants will benefit from the online library of sessions, including programs on early diagnosis for neurologists and physicians, which will be available to help train other ER personnel to diagnose these diseases.
“Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a rare neurological condition that only affects one in 100,000 people, and can follow vastly different courses. With onset of symptoms ranging from acute, life-threatening, to subtle and gradual, many patients find it difficult to know how to respond to changes or to anticipate what’s coming next. Early diagnosis means early treatment. We’re excited to partner with Sonic Foundry Event Services to provide a library of useful, crucial information for patients, caregivers and the medical profession,” said Patricia A. Bryant, executive director of GBS/CIDP Foundation International.
“An increasing number of conferences, particularly in the medical, technical and scientific fields, recognize the importance of recording the information presented on-site and repurposing it for continuing education and professional development,” said Justin Jaeck, vice president, Sonic Foundry Event Services. “We are excited to work with GBS/CIDP Foundation International to create this dynamic archive of information, allowing physicians to learn what they need to know to diagnose and treat patients quickly.”
Sonic Foundry’s Event Services is a leading provider of webcasting for blended conferences and hybrid events. The group supplies technical webcasting services and expertise to organizations who seek to complement their conference or event with viewing over the web. Since its launch in January 2007, the Event Services group has provided live and on-demand webcasting for clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations and university associations to sporting events and charitable organizations.
About GBS/CIDP Foundation International
The Guillain-Barre Syndrome / Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy Foundation International, is a non-profit organization founded by Robert and Estelle Benson as a means of helping others deal with this frightening disorder. Since its inception in 1980, self-funded with less than a handful of volunteers, this grass roots effort has become an international organization with 30,000 members in 174 chapters in 31 countries. The Foundation provides support and assistance to GBS/CIDP patients and their families and is committed to increasing knowledge and awareness in both the public and professional communities. The Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board includes experts in the diagnosis, treatment and research of GBS/CIDP, many of whom have authored textbooks on the disorder, and is considered to be the “think-tank” of GBS.
About Sonic FoundryÃ‚®, Inc.
Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO, www.sonicfoundry.com) is the global leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, providing enterprise communication solutions for education, business and government. Powered by Mediasite, the patented webcasting platform which automates the capture, management, delivery and search of lectures, online training and briefings, Sonic Foundry empowers people to transform the way they communicate. Through the Mediasite platform and its Event Services group, the company helps customers connect a dynamic, evolving world of shared knowledge and envisions a future where learners and workers around the globe use webcasting to bridge time and distance, accelerate research and improve performance. Product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of Sonic Foundry, Inc. or their respective owners.
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