On the Agenda Today

  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Integrative Medicine and MS, Allen Bowling, MD, PhD, Chair, Room 209
  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Cognitive Dysfunction and Rehabilitation Techniques, John DeLuca, PhD, Chair, Room 104 C–E
  • 2:00 pm – 4:45 pm: Hot Topics in MRI and MS: Gadolinium and Brain Atrophy in Clinical Practice, David K.B. Li, MD, FRCPC and Anthony Traboulsee, MD, FRCPC, Co-Chairs, Room 209
  • 2:00 pm – 4:45 pm: Basic Immunology, Scott Newsome, DO, MSCS, FAAN, Chair, Room 104 C–E
  • 2:00 pm – 4:45 pm: Addressing Provider Burnout Through the Use of Relationship Centered Care and Communication, Matthew Sacco, PhD, Chair, Room 104 A–B
  • 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm: Poster Session, Hall A

CMSC Rocks Nashville for 32nd Annual Meeting With Highest-Ever Attendance

The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) rocked Nashville, TN, this year for its 32nd Annual Meeting, representing the largest North American meeting on comprehensive care and research in multiple sclerosis (MS).Patricia K. Coyle, MD"Each year we wonder how we can make this meeting better—and each year, it seems that we do," commented outgoing President Gary Cutter, PhD, as he officially opened the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) on Wednesday afternoon.

This year turned another record-breaking attendance of over 2,300 registrants and a solid educational program balancing cutting-edge scientific, clinical, and practical topics related to multiple sclerosis (MS). "This meeting truly exemplifies our vision at the CMSC—to be the pre-eminent organization of healthcare professionals improving the lives of people affected by MS," noted CMSC Chief Executive Officer June Halper, MSN, APN-C, MSCN, FAAN.

Attendees were feeling the vibe at the Nashville Music City Center, where the conference runs through 12 noon on Saturday, June 2. In addition to physicians, nursing professionals, occupational and physical therapists, researchers, and patient advocates, the CMSC meeting welcomed 86 exhibitors including pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, publishers, and MS advocacy organizations.

The CMSC Annual Meeting, running from Wednesday, May 30 through Saturday, June 2, 2018, welcomed a record 2,300-plus registrants representing a wide range of MS care professions and 86 industry exhibitors. At a press briefing on Wednesday, CMSC President-Elect Michael Racke, MD, remarked on how the program has evolved over the history of the meeting. "There clearly has been a shift to provide more scientifically based presentations and still maintain the perspective of the CMSC, which is to encompass the interests of many different healthcare professionals who care for patients with MS," he said. Some of the hot topics to be covered this year by leading experts in the field of MS include stem cell research and procedures, computerized screening and rehabilitation methods for cognitive dysfunction, provider and caregiver burnout, and the latest developments in disease-modifying therapies for relapsing and progressive forms of MS.

A major draw of the meeting for MS professionals is the opportunity to meet colleagues, network, and share ideas. "Do your best to make a new friend this week," advised International Organization of MS Nurses (IOMSN) President Megan Weigel, DNP, ARNP-C, MSCN. And while the meeting helps MS care professionals re-energize for the challenges ahead, it's hard to imagine a better town than Nashville to kick back and enjoy some live music.

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Patricia K. Coyle, MD

Patricia K. Coyle, MD

Patricia K. Coyle, MD

Patricia K. Coyle, MD

Patricia K. Coyle, MD