Healthcare Strategies

The healthcare strategies providers involved in the management and treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) convene in Seattle this week for the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC). The latest developments in the ever evolving field will be present by national and international experts throughout the week of networking and education.

Quality of care

With an expect attendance of more than 2300 delegates and 70 exhibitors; so the meeting’s agenda is pack with more than 60 educational sessions, in addition to lectures, symposia, roundtables, and workshops, all aim at advancing the understanding of and improving quality of care for MS.

Among the meeting’s highlights are its in depth lectures beginning with the opening lecture, Mountains to Climb: The Cause, Treatment and Care of MS in the Pacific Northwest; so to be deliver by James D. Bowen, MD, medical director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Seattle’s Swedish Neuroscience Institute. Bowen will discuss the steep challenges and gratifying successes; hence in establishing regional systems of care for MS in the Pacific Northwest.

The Presidential Lecture, present by Fred D. Lublin, MD; so will explore the Use and Abuse of the McDonald Criteria in MS Diagnosis; also the John Whitaker Memorial Lecture, to be given by Frauke Zipp, MD, will delve into the Therapeutic Exploitation of Crosstalk Between the Immune and Nervous Systems.

Brain magnetic resonance imaging

Other highly anticipate sessions include the presentation of the latest findings on brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in MS, such as the important role of perivenular lesions in the brain, or the “central vein sign,” in improving the diagnosis of MS. This information will be present in “The Future of MS Imaging” by chair Daniel S. Reich, MD, PhD, of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.

Clinical courses offer on the first and last days of the meeting will provide guidance on wide ranging topics; so including Essential Topics in Caring for Persons with Progressive MS; Challenges and Considerations With Infusible Therapies, Treatment Adherence in MS; so Identifying Suboptimal Adherence and Strategiesfor Improving Appointment Attendance and Medication Self Management; also Sex and MS: How to Help Patients With MS Who Experience Sexual Dysfunction.

The most gratifying part of the meeting is the growth of the younger clinician; so attendance both at our mentorship program, the Whitaker Track; also the MS PIT Special Interest Group,” she said. In addition to our educational content, we will have two contests for young people rehab innovations; also spearhead by Christopher Luzzio, MD, with a prize for the best invention in rehabilitation and neuro-innovations spearhead by Darin Okuda, MD, again with a prize for the best digital invention.