Providing a unique forum for healthcare professionals to learn about the latest research, diagnosis and treatment for multiple sclerosis, the Cooperative Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS®) attracted a record number of healthcare professionals to its annual meeting. Over the course of four days, May 28-31, close to 2,000 neurologists, nurses, pharmacists, rehabilitations professionals, psychologists and other disciplines, attended the conference at the Anatole Hilton in Dallas, TX.
“The CMSC & ACTRIMS Annual Meeting opened my eyes to international opportunities in multiple sclerosis care and research,” said Albert Joseph of The University of Oxford.
The Annual Meeting focused on a multiple sclerosis collaborative care model and covered: basic and clinical research; disease modifying treatments and new and emerging therapies; as well as rehabilitation; psychosocial issues; gender specific concerns; advocacy issues and quality of life strategies.
Highlights of the 2014 CMSC & ACTRIMS Annual Meeting included:
-Over 40 educational sessions and lectures, 30 platform presentations and a variety of poster sessions offering continuing education credit for physicians, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists and social workers.
-Topics of high interest included: “Tolerance-Directed Immunotherapy: Future of MS Treatment?” “Stem Cell Update;” “The North American Registry for Care and Research in MS (NARCRMS);” and “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy that Improves Fatigue in MS Patients.”
-Eight independently supported satellite symposia offering additional continuing education credit opportunities.
-Unique educational opportunities including daily opening lectures with top MS experts, Meet the Professor dinner, on-site multiple sclerosis nurses certification exam; breakout sessions and meeting for special interest groups.
-In-depth discussion of important topics on multiple sclerosis and comprehensive care including “The Role of the Advanced Practice Clinician;” “Nutrition and MS;” “Complementary and Alternative Medicine:’ “Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) Update;” and “Gender Issues in MS.”
-Special Interest Group content and meetings for rehabilitation therapists, private practitioners, pharmacists, young investigators, mental health professionals, and VA healthcare professionals.
-Networking opportunities including poster sessions, platform presentations, morning exercise programs, and evening entertainment with a concert by country star, Clay Walker.
-Top exhibitors showcasing the latest in products and services for multiple sclerosis care.
In addition, numerous awards were presented at the conference that recognized the achievement of young scholars, poster presenters, MS researchers, and CMSC members.
The 2014 Award Winners were: