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Letter from the President
Welcome to the last issue of 2014 of the ECTRIMS newsletter. I am honoured to serve the ECTRIMS as the Executive Committee’s (EC) President for the next two years after the very successful tenure of Maria Trojano. The ECTRIMS summer school has been a great success for two years running now, the fellowship programmes have seen the much needed incorporation of MS nurse specialists and the scientific meetings of 2013 and 2014 have been amongst the most well attended. Also of note, the important contribution made by outgoing members of the Executive Committee Catherine Lubetzki and Tomas Olsson whose work and wise views have kept the ECTRIMS strong and focused.
The new composition of the EC welcomes David Miller as the new Vice-president, after an outstanding tenure as Secretary and Per Soelberg Sørensen is new Secretary from also an outstanding tenure as Treasurer. In turn Bernhard Hemmer has taken over as new Treasurer. We welcome new EC members Maria Pia Amato, Tobias Derfuss, and Roland Liblau.
In this light, the now long standing collaboration with RIMS, incipient with the IMSCOGS, and of brotherhood with ACTRIMS will also be a priority of the curent EC. Work is in good way regarding the planning for the ECTRIMS-ACTRIMS links to become stronger and ever more efficient. Work will start in the new year to strengthen the links with other organizations to make the _CTRIMS committees network an effective and productive one in persuit of our common goals. A session with reports from all the ECTRIMS network will also be a highlight of the Barcelona meeting. In addition, relations with the MSIF and the EMSP will also be potentiated.
Finally, the annual meeting in 2015 will be held in Barcelona. We hope to have prepared a challenging and attractive programme that makes our annual scientific gathering as much a success as it has been for years now.
Please do keep in touch with us through the newsletter and the website. Your opinions and suggestions will help to improve ECTRIMS and its activities.
The Joint International ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting took place this year from September 10-13, 2014 in Boston and was a success in many ways. It was the largest joint meeting held to date with around 8,200 participants. It again covered a broad range of topics and related the current research developments to the clinical practice of neuroimmunological diseases. This meeting perfectly reflected the amazing evolution in the research field of MS with an increasing treatment armamentarium and ever more sophisticated techniques to decipher the underlying pathomechanisms. Different teaching courses offered an excellent opportunity to learn from experts in the field. The Boston area was also ideally suited for an enjoyable social programme for accompanying persons.
We are grateful to Prof. Howard Weiner, chair the local organizing committee, Prof. Jerry Wolinsky, chair of the teaching courses committee, Prof. Jeffrey Cohen, chair of the scientific programme committee, Prof. Suhayl
Dihb-Jalbut, president of ACTRIMS, and all their co-workers for their enduring effort in organizing this successful and outstanding meeting.
Professor Michel Clanet Hôpital Pierre Paul Riquet
C.H.U. Hôpital Purpan
Department of Neurology
Professor Giancarlo Comi Scientific Institute San Raffaele
Department of Neurology and INSPE
An overview of ECTRIMS Executive Committee and Council members is available here.
Upcoming ECTRIMS Events
ECTRIMS Focused Workshop 2015
The next ECTRIMS Focused Workshop on the topic of “Immunology of Multiple Sclerosis – from a human point of view” will be held on 5/6 March 2015 in Larnaca/Cyprus. The scientific organizers are Prof. Finn Sellebjerg, Copenhagen/Denmark (workshop chair), Prof. Heinz Wiendl, Münster/Germany, Prof. Tomas Olsson, Stockholm/Sweden and Prof. Per Soelberg Sørensen, Copenhagen/Denmark.The first day will include sessions
on pathology of MS, role of T cells, B cells and leukocyte recruitment and the role of the innate immune system. Following sessions are planned for the second day of the workshop: genetic and environmental
effects, epigenetics and immune activation, role of regulatory T cells, treatment of MS. Further information will be available on the ECTRIMS website at https://www.ectrims.eu/ectrims-focused-workshops/ soon.
ECTRIMS Summer School 2015
The next ECTRIMS Summer School on the topic of „Remyelination: from mechanisms to medicines” will be held from 16-18 June 2015 in Nice/France. The scientific organizers are Prof. Catherine Lubetzki (chair), Paris/France, Prof. Robin Franklin, Cambridge/UK, Prof. Gianvito Martino, Milano/Italy. The programme will include lectures on the mechanism of remyelination, imaging myelination and demyelination (screening tools), strategies to enhence remyelination, how to evaluate a remyelination strategy as well as group work, presentations and discussion. Further information will be available on the ECTRIMS website at https://www.ectrims.eu/ectrims-summer-schools/soon.
ECTRIMS 2015 in Barcelona
The 31st ECTRIMS congress will take place from Wednesday 7 October to Saturday 10 October 2015 in Barcelona, Spain (CCIB – International Convention Center Barcelona, www.ccib.es).
ECTRIMS will be hosting its annual meeting for the second time in
Barcelona, the first time having been in 1992. The 2015 congress
programme is designed to tackle the main topics signalling the path to
future MS management. We will see what is in store for diagnosis and
differential diagnosis, what for early MS, what is the next step in
treating patients and, more importantly, how we can shape treatment to
suit each individual’s profile – maximizing efficacy and safety of complex
therapies – and how the environment continues to condition MS evolution. Read more.
The preliminary programme will be available in spring 2015. The registration will be open at around the same time. Please visit the ECTRIMS 2015 website for continuosly updated information.
Some important dates
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 19 May 2015
Deadline for reduced registration: 12 August 2015
ECTRIMS Fellowship Programmes
ECTRIMS Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Exchange Programme &
ECTRIMS Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Training Fellowship Programme
The 2015 deadline for proposals submission has passed. The new fellowship awards will be announced in the first half of 2015. The review cycle for 2016 will start in July 2015. Information is available here.
ECTRIMS Multiple Sclerosis Nurse Training Fellowship Programme
*** Application Deadline: 1 February 2015 ***
This fellowship is offered to qualified/licensed nurses to provide the opportunity for them to obtain additional expertise through practical nursing experience and training in a mentored MS environment in Europe. The aim of the programme is to enhance care and support of individuals with MS by fostering improved clinical care and education and by helping to promote best practices in nursing care throughout Europe. ECTRIMS will support up to three fellowships each year, each with duration of 6 months to 1 year, with a stipend of up to €50,000. Training must be under the direction and mentorship of a senior MS nurse, in association with a senior MS clinician where appropriate, at a European clinical site with significant expertise in MS. For more information please click here.
ECTRIMS-MAGNIMS Fellowship in Magnetic Resonance Imagining in MS
*** Application Deadline: 1 February 2015 ***
ECTRIMS and the European MAGNIMS (Magnetic Resonance in MS) network jointly support a postdoctoral fellowship to foster the development of young researchers in magnetic resonance studies in MS. The goal of this programme is to achieve transfer and broadening of knowledge regarding the application of magnetic resonance to MS research and to promote the researcher’s integration into the international scientific community. ECTRIMS will support two fellowships annually, each with duration of 1 year, with an annual stipend of up to €50,000. For more information please click here.
Other ECTRIMS Supported Activities and Initiatives
International Conference on Vision and Vision-Related Outcomes in MS
This conference of the International Advisory Committee on Clinical Trials in MS was held in late 2013 and was
jointly sponsored by ECTRIMS and the US MS Society. A review article on the outcomes was recentlypublished in Brain – a Journal of Neurology, on 28 November 2014. To read the paper please click here.
3rd Porto Congress on MS
ECTRIMS has endorsed the Third International Porto Congress on Multiple Sclerosis, which will take place
in Porto, Portugal, on 27 and 28 February 2015. For further information please click here.
AAN guideline on CAM
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has developed a guideline regarding complementary and lternative medicine (CAM) use in people with MS. The full guideline and more information including definitions of the classifications of evidence and recommendations is available at AAN.com/guidelines.
ECTRIMS supports this informative guideline, however, was not involved in its preparation.
International Workshop on MS Comorbidities
The International Advisory Committee on Clinical Trials in MS sponsored by the US National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) and the European Committee on Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) are organizing an International Workshop on MS Comorbidities which will be held from 26-28 March 2015 in Toronto/Canada. The workshop will be chaired by the project’s leader Dr. Ruth Ann Marrie, University of Manitoba.
The long-term goals of the MS Comorbidities Project are to develop methods for studying comorbidity in multiple sclerosis (MS), to characterize the types and frequencies of comorbidities in MS and their variation across sociodemographic and geographic subgroups, and to evaluate the impact of comorbidity on MS.
International Conference on Cell-Based Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis
The International Advisory Committee on Clinical Trials in MS sponsored by the US National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) and the European Committee on Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) will organize a major first-ever comprehensive International Conference on Cell-Based Therapy for MS, to be held in late November, 2015, at a European location.
Information on the Advisory Committee on Clinical Trials in MS is available here.
ECTRIMS Executive Committee
X. Montalban, Barcelona/ES, President
D. Miller, London/UK, Vice President & Newsletter Editor