It’s 2018 – some important events to watch out for this year

Happy New Year to you all.

To get your year off to a good start, here are a few important dates for your new 2018 diary.

February 1 – 3

ACTRIMS Forum, San Diego, California, USA

The third annual Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) Forum is themed “Therapeutic Targets in MS: The Frontier and the Future of Disease Modifying Therapy”.

Highlights of the forum will include the Kenneth P. Johnson Memorial Lecture and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Barancik Award presentation and talk. In addition, two poster sessions will showcase approximately 200 posters.

April 7 – 15

MS Focus Cruise for a Cause, MS Focus at Sea – Mind and Body, aboard Celebrity Equinox.

A seven-night cruise to the Southern Caribbean, with educational programs from MS experts. MS Focus Cruise for a Cause offers on-board workshops and discussion groups on important topics to those with MS. Leading MS neurologists and other healthcare professionals will present the latest information on MS research and treatments. Also, on-board support group meetings will serve to motivate and inspire both people with MS and caregivers.

Cruisers will be able to get out and explore ports of Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; and Kralendijk, Bonaire.

April 23 – 24

International Conference on Brain and Neurological Disorders, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The main aim of the 7th International Conference on Brain Injury and Neurological Disorders is to provide an opportunity for establishing collegial relationships with the international professionals focused on the science of brain injury research.

May 30 – June 2

CMSC Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

The Consortium of MS Centers annual meeting has a four-day agenda filled with lectures, symposia, workshops, roundtables, and satellite programs designed to enhance professional practice and improve treatment outcomes in multiple sclerosis. The annual meeting of the CMSC typically hosts over 2000 delegates and over 70 exhibitors.

The educational content designed to provide the latest information on the art and science of MS care. There are over 130 educational hours to meet the needs of our multi-disciplinary learners: physicians, nursing professionals, rehabilitation specialists, mental health experts, advocates, and pharmacists.

This year’s agenda features national and international experts on comprehensive care and research, basic information for novice clinicians, advanced clinical courses to enhance professional performance, and specific tracks for neurologic clinicians, nursing professionals, rehabilitation specialists, mental health experts, and patient advocates.

May 31 – June 2

23rd Annual Conference of Rims ‘MS Rehabilitation across the Lifespan’, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

The RIMS Conference is claimed to be the main European event for healthcare professionals, researchers and patient representatives. The aim is for them to share their knowledge and experiences, and collaborate on topics related to rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis.

In 2018, the conference main theme is ‘MS Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan’, and covers four areas: health promotion, supporting self-management, physical transition through the disease course, and social transition through the disease course.

July 16-17

25th World Congress on Neurology and Neurodisorders, Melbourne, Australia

The 25th World Congress on Neurology and Neurodisorders will be themed “Exploring Novel Technologies in Neurology and Neurological Disorders”. It aims to bring together medical professionals related to the field of neurology to discuss and spread awareness about the importance of prevention of neurological disorders and the challenges in this field. 

October 10 – 12

congress34th Congress of ECTRIMS, Berlin, Germany

European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) Congress has a programme designed to catch the most exciting new developments in all areas of multiple sclerosis, including treatment, genetics, pathology, imaging, immunology and epidemiology.

It highlights several topics including multi-omics analysis, big-data-mining, predictive algorithms, and medical robotics. ECTRIMS also wants to address recently emerging technologies with potentially high impact for multiple sclerosis, including proteomics, deep sequencing, immunophenotyping and molecular imaging.

Owing to the growing number and complexity of treatment options, the dialogue between “stakeholders” (neurologists, patients, health insurers, pharmaceutical industry) on the one side, and regulatory authorities on the other, is more important than ever. Organisers have therefore added several topics with specific input from regulators, including a hot topic on “Biosimilars in multiple sclerosis”, which impinge on worldwide access to immunomodulatory treatments.

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* * * * * is the personal website of Ian Franks, a freelance medical writer and editor for various health information sites. He enjoyed a successful career as a journalist, from reporter to editor in the print media. He gained a Journalist of the Year award in his native UK. Ian received a diagnosis of MS in 2002 and now lives in the south of Spain. He uses a wheelchair and advocates on mobility and accessibility issues.

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Note: Health-related information available on 50shadesofsun website is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. I am not a doctor and cannot and do not give you medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult a doctor before starting a new diet or exercise programme. Any opinions expressed are purely my own unless otherwise stated.


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