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2017 Annual conference in multiple sclerosis High-quality care for improved patient outcomes

2017 Annual conference in multiple sclerosis High-quality care for improved patient outcomes
  • Neurology
  • Multiple sclerosis
International conference by Excemed
Friday, Mar 3 2017
Rome, Italy



Registration status

Target audiences

Neurologists involved in MS management.



Access resources by clicking the Outcomes tab or scroll down to the Scientific Programme.

This live scientific programme is endorsed by the European Academy of Neurology (EAN)

Call for abstracts

EXCEMED – Excellence in Medical Education - and the Chairs of the upcoming 2017 Annual conference in multiple sclerosis (3 March 2017, Rome, Italy) invite abstract submissions on the occasion of this international conference.

Prospective presenters are invited to send an abstract on hot topics in multiple sclerosis meeting the following criteria:

Abstracts must be 300 words, written in English and contain:

  • a clearly stated main objective
  • a description of the topic or issue covered in the presentation
  • an emphasis on the  critical issues relating to specific topics in the presentation 
  • a summary containing conclusions

The conference scientific committee will review abstracts and select the successful applications.

EXCEMED will provide free conference registration, travel, transfer and accommodation to presenters whose abstract has been selected.

Abstract submission deadline: 17 February 2017

Send your abstract to:


Novel immunological insights into multiple sclerosis (MS) pathogenesis have revolutionized the traditional therapeutic approach. Numerous therapeutic options are available for individuals with MS, but the wide choice may present challenges for clinicians. Selecting the most appropriate treatment – one that targets specific disease manifestations and fulfils patient requirements − has created the need for individual biomarkers to be developed. There is also increasing demand for detailed information about MS to be widely available, particularly with regard to the risk/benefit profiles of specific treatments. Such information needs to be provided directly to patients, who are active players in the ‘therapeutic contract’. The aim of this programme is to update each of these emerging issues in MS, offer practical suggestions for disease management and enhance communication with patients in daily practice.

Learning objectives

  • Illustrate the main immunological abnormalities apparent in relapsing remitting and progressive MS forms
  • Define the most important de-risking strategies in MS treatments to be applied in clinical practice
  • Explain treatment algorithms for highly active MS, extending beyond first-line approaches
  • Outline the importance of patient-reported outcomes in clinical practice and clinical trials

Accreditation details

EXCEMED  (  is  accredited  by  the  European  Accreditation
Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME ® ) to provide the following
CME  activity  for  medical  specialists.  The  EACCME ® is  an  institution  of  the
European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS),
The  CME  conference  “High-quality care for improved patient outcomes"
to be held on 3 March 2017 in Rome, Italy  is  designated  for  a  maximum  of  6  (six)  hours of  European  CME
credits (ECMEC). Each medical specialist should claim only those credits that
he/she actually spent in the educational activity. EACCME ® credits are recognized
by the American Medical Association (AMA) towards the Physician's Recognition
Award (PRA). To convert EACCME ® credit to AMA PRA category 1 credit, please
contact the AMA.

The CME conference has been designated for 2,1 Italian CME Credits. N. Event 178465 Ed.
1 - Provider Id n. 3255 from the Italian Ministry of Health.


Scientific programme

8.15 Welcome and opening


SESSION I: Understanding MS

8.30       L1           Immunological signatures in relapsing remitting and progressive MS

D. Centonze (Italy)

8.50      L2           The compartmentalized immune response in MS

A. Bar-Or (Canada)

9.10       L3           Neuroinflammation: role of genes and environment

J. Hillert (Sweden)

9.30                     Q&A

10.00                   Coffee break


10.30     L4           Biomarkers in CNS Demyelinating Diseases

A. Bar-Or (Canada)

10.50     L5           Risks associated with MS treatment

L. Klotz (Germany)

11.10     L6           De-risking strategies in clinical practice

P. Rieckmann (Germany)

11.30  L7             DMDs: long-term studies

G. Comi (Italy)

11.50       PD1     Panel discussion: treatment goals

Moderator: C. Pozzilli (Italy)

12.30                    Lunch

SESSION III: Managing MS − Workshops

This session includes two different parallel workshops, each lasting 1 hour. Participants will be divided into groups and will attend both workshops in rotation. By the end of the session each participant will have attended both workshops.

Workshop I − Predicting treatment response in each patient: switching algorithms in the new landscape

X. Montalban (Spain) and L. Klotz (Germany) Slide kit

Workshop II – How to manage highly active MS patients in practice

G. Comi (Italy) Slide kit and G. Giovannoni (UK) Slide kit

15.30                    Coffee break

SESSION IV: Patient−doctor communications about MS

16.00     L8           The therapeutic contract – the doctor’s perspective

G. Giovannoni (UK)

16.20     L9          The therapeutic contract- the patient’s perspective

R. de Boer (The Netherlands)

16.40     L10        Patient-centered outcomes and clinical trials

A. Solari (Italy)

17.00           Q&A

17.20           Panel discussion: unmet needs in MS

Moderator: D. Bates (UK)

17.50                    Scientific highlights and meeting wrap-up

18.00                    End of the conference

CME provider

EXCEMED - Excellence in Medical Education


David Bates

Department of Neurology
Royal Victoria Infirmary
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Amit Bar-Or

Neurologist and Professor
Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Clinical Research Unit
Montreal Neurological Institute
Montreal, Canada

David Bates

Department of Neurology
Royal Victoria Infirmary
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Diego Centonze

Neurology Unit
IRCSS Mediterraneo Neuromed Neurology Institute
Rome, Italy

Gavin Giovannoni

Chair of Neurology
Department of Neurology
Institute of Cell and Molecular Science
Queen Mary University London & Barts and The London NHS Trust
London, United Kingdom

Hans Peter Hartung

Director of the Center for Neuropsychiatry and Chair of the Department of Neurology
Department of Neurology
Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf
Dusseldorf, Germany

Jan Hillert

Department of Clinical Neuroscience
Karolinska Institute
Stockholm, Sweden

Xavier Montalban

Vall d’Hebron University Hospital
Neurology-Neuroimmunology Department
Multiple Sclerosis Centre of Catalonia (Cemcat)
Barcelona, Spain
St. Michael’s Hospital
Division of Neurology
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

Carlo Pozzilli

Department of Neurology and Psychiatry
La Sapienza University of Rome
Rome, Italy

Peter Rieckmann

Bamberg Hospital and University of Erlange
Bamberg, Germany

Alessandra Solari

Unit of Neuroepidemiology
Foundation IRCCS Neurological Institute C. Besta
Milano, Italy

Heinz Wiendl

Direktor | Univ.-Prof. Prof. h.c. Dr. med.
Department für Neurologie
Klinik für Allgemeine Neurologie | University of Münster Münster | Institut für Translationale Neurologie
Albert-Schweitzer-Campus 1, Gebäude A1
Münster, 48149, Germany


For registration, accommodation and any logistic inquiry please contact:
Meridiano Congress International (Italy)
Senior Event Manger: Titty Alvino
T +39 06 88 595 310 - F +39 06 88595 234

Slide kit
Amit Bar-Or
Slide kit
Amit Bar-Or
Xavier Montalban, Luisa Klotz, Giancarlo Comi, Gavin Giovannoni
Slide kit
Giancarlo Comi
Giancarlo Comi
Slide kit
Gavin Giovannoni
Slide kit
Jan Hillert
Luisa Klotz
Slide kit
Luisa Klotz
Slide kit
Peter Rieckmann
Alessandra Solari
Slide kit
Alessandra Solari