The Tanner Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 started in 2003 by Dr. Emily Riser to provide educational opportunities to persons with multiple sclerosis, family members and health care professionals. The Foundation is named after Anthony Tanner, a former executive of a health care institution, who has MS. Tony Tanner continues to be a great advocate, philanthropist, and champion for individuals with MS.
In 2015 the Foundation's Board identified a need within our community to broaden the Foundation's mission to include all neurological diseases. A primary goal of the Foundation's work is to provide support to help reduce the financial and psychological burdens experienced by people living with neurological diseases, particularly ALS, MS and Parkinson's Disease.
The Tanner Foundation has participated in the CMSC Rehabilitation Fellowship Program sponsoring fellows from across the United States and Canada interested in specializing in MS care.
To donate, sponsor, or inquire about programs and services provided through the Foundation please contact Janet Thorn, Executive Director at JanetThorn7@gmail.com
Clinical Research Coordinator
Janet Thorn, Executive Director
Tracy Tracy, Clinical Research Coordinator
Kevin McGovern, Esq Assistant General Counsel, Harbert Management Corporation
Yolanda Harris, MSN, CRNP, CPNP-AC, UAB School of Nursing, UAB Center for Pediatric Onset Demyelinating Disease
Jon Michael Ogletree, CPA, CFO Cahaba Safeguard Administrators
Bonnie Browning, Retired, BellSouth
The Foundation is committed to providing ongoing educational opportunities for people living with neurological disease, health care professionals and the community at large. An annual Neurological Conference is offered each fall with continuing education credits for health care professionals.
The Foundation provides support for monthly clinics including a newly diagnosed MS Clinic and a multidisciplinary ALS Clinic.
A variety of programs and services are availalble for people living with neurological diseases. For additional information, contact Janet Thorn, Executive Director : JanetThorn7@gmail.com
Therapy clinics throughout Mississippi and Alabama have been chosen to participate in a $5.8 million multiple sclerosis (MS) study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in Washington, D.C.
Led by a research team at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, the trial will compare the effects of delivering an exercise-based rehabilitation program via Internet or telephone versus providing the therapy in a clinic. Evidence shows that exercise, yoga, and other such therapies can alleviate symptoms and improve functions, but clinics that can provide such services are scarce in rural and low-income areas.
The study is one of four addressing MS therapies, all of which are underwritten by nearly $20 million in PCORI funding.
"PCORI is delighted to make these new awards addressing crucial evidence gaps and questions of vital interest to the more than 400,000 people in the U.S. living with multiple sclerosis," said PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, MD, MPH. "These studies will provide significant new evidence to help patients, their families and their clinicians decide more confidently which of the therapies available to them will work best given their needs and preferences."
Study participants are being recruited in Alabama and Mississippi. For more information, call 205-704-8248
This work was (partially) supported through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Award #MS - 1511 - 33653.
Best Practices in Care for Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Canterbury Methodist Church
350 Overbrook Road • Birmingham, AL 35213
Registration 8:00 am & Continental Breakfast
Classes from 8:45 am–4:10 pm • 3 separate tracks
MS and Parkinson's track join for lunch from 12:00 -1:00
6.6 CEUs - nursing and other healthcare professionals / 5.5 CEUs social work
$39 registration fee
FREE for persons with neurological disease and one caregiver
Reserve your spot contact email@example.com or 205-305-0397.