MS Headlines & More

The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) holds their annual meeting May 27-30, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and this year instead of just reading the headlines and interpreting the news, I will be there to cover the news and more.

Are you familiar with CMSC? It is an organization began in 1986, at a time when there were no disease modifying treatments for Multiple Sclerosis and according to CMSC materials, there were few neurologists even interested in treating people with MS because there was nothing much to be done. A few doctors, nurses and others founded the non-profit CMSC to provide support for the people who cared for people with MS.

Fast forward almost 30 years later and CMSC hosts the largest conference on MS care in North America, as well as other functions of the organization in the treatment and care of MS. CMSC oversees the development of recommended guidelines for clinical practice in treating people with MS. Neurologists and others who become CMSC certified clinicians have undergone rigorous training and testing in the specific areas of MS treatment and research.

CMSC is closely aligned with the International Organization of MS Nurses, the Latin American Committee for Treatment in MS, the VA Centers for Excellence in MS Care, the International Organization of MS Rehabilitation Therapists, and others. They are also the organization that oversees NARCOMS, the patient registry that collects our data for research, twice a year through their surveys.

The Chief Executive Officer of CMSC, June Halper, MSN, MSCN, APN-C, FAAN, has been with CMSC for 23 years, and involved with MS care even longer. “From the outset the CMSC was devoted to promoting comprehensive care provided by a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals,” says Ms. Halper in advance materials for this meeting. “The last three decades have been very exciting. The advent of disease-modifying therapies, the incredible sophistication of imaging techniques, and our expanding knowledge of the course and management of MS have enabled us to make a real difference in the lives of people with MS.”

Reading the program and the schedule in preparation, there are so many topics being covered the next four days I only wish I could be cloned - it will be tough to decide what sessions will be of the most interest to you, the reader, as well as to me as a person with MS. There are keynote talks thorughout the meeting, and three of the four topics are ones we have read about here at I am interested in hearing the updates, and what the latest research may tell us. These are the keynote topics:

  • MS, Cannabis and Cognitive Dysfunction: Insights from Brain Imaging
  • The Gut: The new Frontier in MS Theory? By Howard Weiner, MD
  • Déjà vu All Over Again: The Revival of Interest in the Role of the B Cell in MS
  • Overcoming the Challenge of Progressive MS

The program’s day begins early and ends late – 8 am – 9pm or later, with continuously running sessions.  There is also an exhibit area where I will be at the Accelerated Cure Project booth part of the time, sharing information about iConquerMS™ to the clinicians. Normally for these conferences I rely on the press releases and headlines to summarize the latest news in MS research and treatments. It is a privilege to attend the CMSC meeting this year and share what I hear and learn with the readers of and write my own headlines.

Wishing you well,


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