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Please Join Us at the 2020 CMSC Annual Meeting

The leading research and educational conference for MS healthcare professionals in North America.

When: May 27-30, 2020
Where: Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Florida 

  • General Information
  • Registration
  • Abstracts
  • Contests
  • Scholarships
  • Exhibits & Support
  • Independently-Supported Symposia
  • Housing & Travel
  • Patient Program
  • Certification Exams

Event Information

Please Join Us at the 2020 CMSC Annual Meeting

The leading research and educational conference for MS healthcare professionals in North America.

May 27 – May 30

Conference Address

Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 239-4200


The CMSC Annual Meeting provides a tremendous variety of credit offerings for attendees. Attendees can earn up to 26.5 contact hours of continuing education over the course of the meeting. This figure varies by professional affiliation and is based upon attendance at the maximum number of non-concurrent education sessions and satellite symposia.

In support of improving patient care, the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


The CMSC designates this live activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The CMSC estimates that this activity will be designated for up to a maximum of 18 contact hours of continuing nursing education. Sessions that are designated for pharmacology credit will be provided in a separate handout at the event.


The CMSC is approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) as a provider of continuing occupational therapy education. The CMSC estimates that this activity will offer 16.5 contact hours for AOTA affiliated attendees. The CMSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


The CMSC has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. The CMSC estimates that this activity will be designated for 18 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.


The CMSC estimates that this activity will offer 16.5 contact hours (.165 CEUs) of continuing education for pharmacists. This is a knowledge-based activity.


The CMSC will apply to the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) for CEUs for physical therapists.


Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP) and the CMSC. The CMSC estimates that this activity will offer 16.5 credits for APA affiliated attendees. The CMSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the CMSC is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The CMSC estimates that social workers completing this course can earn up to 16.5 continuing education credits. CMSC maintains responsibility for this course.



A Certificate of Attendance will be given upon completion of course requirements enabling attendees to register their credit with the appropriate licensing boards or associations. Attendees may apply for other accreditations using procedures established by specific organizations.

Press Registration

To receive press registration at no cost, please contact Ryan Francia at or call 201-487-1050, ext. 103 for the code to register. Be prepared to provide your press credentials.


Payment can be made by one of the following methods:

  • Check (payable in US Dollars to CMSC)
    Mail checks to: CMSC: 3 University Plaza Drive, Suite 116, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601 USA
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover.

A $50 fee will be charged for any returned checks.

  • Cancellations must be confirmed in writing.
  • Cancellations received on or before April 27, 2020 will receive a refund less a $50.00 processing fee.
  • Cancellations made between April 28 and May 8, 2020 will receive a refund less a $100.00 processing fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations after May 8, 2020.

A confirmation notice will be generated upon successful registration.  Please print this confirmation for your records.

The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers provides scholarships to MS professionals who require financial assistance. Applicants must meet defined criteria to be eligible for a support. Scholarship application will be available in January 7, 2019.

CMSC Abstracts


Deadline to submit is April 30, 2020

The deadline for regular submission of abstracts has passed. We are now accepting late-breaking abstract submissions.

The reviewers are currently processing the abstracts. We will notify all authors as soon as the reviews are completed.

Authors will be given a week after the notification to update and correct their abstract information for journal publishing.

For questions regarding content, rules, and guidelines, please contact Jennifer Pichardo at or at (201) 487-1050 x 115.

For technical support, contact Emails are monitored seven days a week from 7:00am-11:00pm Eastern Time or you can call +1 401.334.0220 Mon-Fri from 8:00am-6:00pm Eastern Time.



What to do:

  • Identify a person (the client) diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with a “need” that can be helped by an assistive device not currently available.
  • The goal is that you develop and present this device.
    • The device can be purely mechanical or include electrical components and software.
    • Just software as in a written “APP” is not allowed.
    • Devices interfaced to Smart phones with APPs and other similar machines is allowed.
    • A modified commercial device is allowed.
    • No limit on size, cost, complexity in the development of the device (the CMSC does not provide funds for this.)
    • The device development should have occurred within 12 months preceding the meeting.
  • Contact your local undergraduate engineering school departments of mechanical, biomedical, or electrical engineering as soon as possible as these departments are often looking for student project ideas. Or engineering departments/faculty/students contact their local MS center.
  • Assemble the team: engineering students and their faculty advisor, health-care providers, and if possible, the patient.
    • Partnership with industry is allowed such as receiving funds (unlimited) for the project or expert mentoring for the student engineers.
    • Team must consist of at least one Multiple Sclerosis provider or health care professional (MD, PT, OT, NP, PA)
    • Including the patient/client in the team is recommended but not required. But there should be a person for whom the device is intended.
    • Choose a team leader and contact person.
  • Design, build, and test the device.
    • It is recommended that the client test the device and comment on its effectiveness; but this is not required.
    • The device should be tested and demonstrated by members of the team.
  • Present your creation at CMSC 2020 and compete for $500 cash award and plaque and time to present your device at the awards ceremony.
  • To enter the competition, prepare:
    • Letter-of-intent emailed to Christopher Luzzio, MD and Ms. Mikaela Morelli (contacts below) by February 15, 2020. Include team name, team members, general nature of your project.
    • Final Submission of entry materials by May 25, 2020 by email.
      • 5-10-minute video presentation of the project.
      • Power point presentation (up to 20 slides) that may serve as a deliverable for judging or a written report in similar format as published technical papers. Include purpose, design specifications, background, methods, testing, results, references if applicable.
  • Submissions will be judged according to quality, impact, presentation, and team effort. The winning team will be announced on awards ceremony day.
    • Depending on number of teams entering there may be 1-2 runner-up awards.

Grand Purpose:

  • Connects MS clinics, engineering schools, and patients.
  • Fabricate a device that improves quality of life.
  • It’s about education, and rapid solutions that work for patients.
  • Expose young engineers to real-world challenges.


  • We suggest that MS providers also consider contacting their OT and PT specialists as these services often have good ideas for helpful assistive devices.
  • Your local engineering school usually assigns student projects at the beginning of the semester so best to make contact ASAP.
  • Meet regularly with your team.
  • Experience the design process.
  • Make sure your device is safe for the patient.
  • Best is that the client participates if possible.
  • Document with pictures and video testing the machine.
  • Make a poster to display at the meeting.
  • Entering an assistive device that can be used by any disabled person is allowed. Because the meeting is about MS a client with MS is desired but not required.

Letter of intent to enter by February 15, 2020.
Final report submitted by email Monday May 25, 2020.

At the Meeting:
There will be a Design for Rehabilitation booth at the meeting. The various teams entering will be assigned time to occupy the booth and present their work to attendees. A poster is recommended. Bring your device if possible (not required.) Only one team member is required to present the project to the contest organizers at the CMSC meeting.

Participating students are encouraged to attend the meeting. Registration is free to engineering undergraduate or graduate students entering the design contest. Please inform the contest organizers if that is your intent. Travel and lodging are not provided. The contest organizers are endeavoring to make the event a great learning experience for students and are working towards providing more student benefits (to be announced when and if available.) Last year’s winning team from Canada fund-raised their own travel and lodging, arranged technology tours at local companies, and had a fantastic learning experience presenting their creation, and networking. Ms. Mikaela Morelli is available for advice in this regard.

The goal of this event is primarily an engineering student experience with mentoring by their professors and healthcare specialists. The students benefit as well as our patients. Have fun being creative and see you at the meeting.

Please contact the organizers for more information or to register for the competition.
Attending the CMSC meeting requires a separate registration.

Design for Rehabilitation Contest Organizers:
Christopher Luzzio, MD

Mikaela Morelli, BME Student

CMSC 2019 Design for Rehabilitation contest winning team.

Wheelchair Transfer Project
Biomedical Engineering Design Team
University of Manitoba

The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) in collaboration with Dr. Darin T. Okuda from the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center in Dallas, Texas invites you to participate in the 2nd Annual 2020 CMSC Neuroinnovation Competition in Orlando, Florida!

The primary purpose of this competition is to promote innovative ideas that will ultimately lead to the design and creation of a mobile application aimed at improving patient education, care, and/or the future of multiple sclerosis management. Independent investigators, multi-disciplinary team collaborations, and manufacturers are encouraged to participate.

Programmed mobile application prototypes or wireframe designs using Adobe XD are encouraged but not required.

Interested groups must submit a one-page letter of intent (LOI) highlighting i) the proposed idea, ii) how the technology solution addresses an unmet need in MS, and iii) how the proposed mobile application offers value beyond current solutions. Applications will be scored based on the degree of innovation, quality of submitted content, value to patients, and future potential.

Three to five finalists will be selected from submitted applications and will be invited to present their ideas live in front of a panel of judges. The Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000 and title of 2020 CMSC Neuroinnovator.

The CMSC will cover registration, hotel and reasonable travel for finalists who will be notified of their acceptance by April 15, 2020. The Deadline for Submission is March 31, 2020.

Please submit your LOI with your contact information to Darin T. Okuda, M.D. at


Exhibits & Support

The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) invites Exhibitors and Supporters to the 34th Annual Meeting to be held Wednesday, May 27th through Saturday, May 30th at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.
The Annual Meeting of the CMSC is the largest North American meeting for healthcare professionals and researchers engaged in MS care. Corporate Supporters, exhibitors and industry partners will have opportunities to display, present and educate over 2,300 MS clinicians and researchers on new and existing products and services that are vital to the field of MS clinical care and research. Join over 80 exhibitors and supporters who participate in this annual 4-day educational conference.

The CMSC membership represents a professional network of more than 12,000 national and international healthcare clinicians. Delegates of the Annual Meetings include the full spectrum of the MS professional interdisciplinary healthcare team: neurologists, radiologists, physiatrists, ophthalmologists, psychiatrists, urologists, gynecologists, researchers, psychologists, pharmacists, PA’s, nursing professionals, epidemiologists, social workers, case managers, attorneys, rehabilitation professionals, educators and patient advocates.

The Annual Meeting brings these professionals together to learn from MS thought leaders about cutting edge research findings, clinical advances in the diagnosis and management of MS, and important care issues. Attendees learn about new practice trends, innovative care practices, and health policy issues affecting access to care. They earn more than 20 Continuing Education credits in their field.
The Exhibit Hall is the central location for most meals and receptions. Over 10 hours of Exhibit Hall events ensures that exhibitors have ample opportunity to network and interact with the delegates. Multiple opportunities to highlight your message and to direct delegate traffic to your booth are outlined in the following pages of the Exhibitor Prospectus.

Please join us for this exciting event in Orlando to learn, celebrate the MS Team approach, and strengthen professional ties.

Supported Symposia

The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) is pleased to present guidelines for hosting an accredited, Independently Supported Symposium (ISS) in conjunction with the CMSC Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held May 27-30, 2020 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.

Independently developed satellite symposia are a valued educational component of the CMSC Annual Meeting. The CMSC offers several opportunities to hold these sessions, supported by educational grants and accredited for continuing education, for members of the healthcare team. Accredited symposia convey important benefits to our supporters through the enhancement of clinicians’ learning experiences at the Annual Meeting. Medical education and meeting management organizations are invited to submit proposals to develop and present an ISS on any topic related to MS care and research.

In 2019, the CMSC welcomed over 2,200 participants to Seattle, Washington. The information-packed program and its satellite symposia provided superb scientific and clinical information. Our Exhibit Hall enriched the educational experience through interaction with our industry partners as well as a wide variety of community-based support programs. The Annual Meeting attracts delegates from North America and across the globe who come to learn from MS experts who embrace the comprehensive, multi-disciplinary team approach to MS care and research.

The CMSC ISS Guidelines are designed to provide information to organizations that wish to hold a satellite symposium at the Annual Meeting. Should you have questions or require additional information, please contact Tina Trott at or by calling 201.487.1050, ext. 102.

Housing & Travel

When: May 27 – 30, 2020
Where: Orlando, Florida
Headquarters Hotel: Marriott World 

Hotel Link and Rate

Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 239-4200
$204 plus taxes and fees per night
ADA Rooms are available on a first come first served bases and can be reserved through the reservation link below.


Airport Transportation

Orlando International Airport (MCO)
Airport Phone: +1 407-825-2001
Hotel direction: 17 miles SW
The hotel does not provide shuttle service.

For more transportation information:

App-Based Rideshare:
All Transportation Network Companies (ride sharing providers such as Uber, Lyft and Wingz) may pick-up passengers on the Arrivals curb (Level 2).

Shuttle Transportation:
Mears Transportation; fee: 22 USD (one way); reservation required

Estimated taxi fare: 55 USD (one way)

Driving directions:
South exit from airport to Greenway Tollroad South (Rt. 417). Take Exit 6 (536 East), go through 2 lights and hotel will be on the right.

Parking at Orlando World Center Marriott:
Self-parking $24+tax daily
Valet parking $35+tax daily

Orlando skyline fom lake Eola in Florida USA

Orlando World Center Marriott is located in beautiful Orlando, which boasts abundant sunshine and a year-round average temperature of 78 degrees. In addition to the ballrooms and meeting rooms, the hotel offers 2,009 beautiful guest rooms and suites, 10 fabulous dining options, on-site championship golf and a full-service spa. It’s also just 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport (MCO), making Orlando World Center Marriott a premier destination for business events and conventions.  

More About MS: Coming of Age with Multiple Sclerosis

For more information and to register, please visit

The 2nd Annual More About MS, a special educational program for people living with or affected by MS, will be offered on Friday, May 29, 2020 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.

On Friday, May 29th, people living with or affected by MS will have the opportunity to network with one another and to learn from leading MS healthcare professionals and researchers about ways in which they may better manage their disease and improve their quality of life. 

Invitations to attend the More About MS event will be distributed nationally to the target audience in January 2020. The More About MS Forum will begin from 12:00—2:00 pm with a luncheon for the patients, caregivers and family members. During the luncheon, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with various exhibitors supporting the patient event in an exhibit area dedicated for this event. Following the luncheon, the educational sessions will run from 2-5:00 pm.


11:00 am – 1:00 pmRegistration, Luncheon, and Exhibits 
1:00 pm – 1:15 pmIntroductionRandall T. Schapiro, MD, FAAN, Chair
1:15 pm – 2:15 pmAging and MSRandall T. Schapiro, MD, FAAN
2:15 pm – 3:15 pmResearch Advance in MSGary Birnbaum, MD, FAAN
 3:15 pm – 3:30 pmBreak 
3:30 pm – 4:00 pmMS Perspectives from a Neurologist Who Has MSPeter Wade, MD
4:00 pm – 4:45 pmRehabilitation and Wellness in MSPatricia Bobryk, MSH, PT, MSCS, ATP
4:45 pm – 5:00 pmQ & A Panel 

Certification Exams

For examination dates, application deadlines, eligibility requirements, and fees, please click on the examination link below.

Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist

Application Deadline: May 6, 2020
Testing Date: May 27, 2020
Annual Meeting - Orlando, FL

Multiple Sclerosis Certified Nurse

Application Deadline: April 22, 2020
Testing Date: May 27, 2020
Annual Meeting - Orlando, FL

Multiple Sclerosis Healthcare Associate

Application Deadline: May 6, 2020
Testing Date: May 27, 2020
Annual Meeting - Orlando, FL

Certification in Rare Neuroimmunologic Disorder

Application Deadline: April 22, 2020
Testing Date: May 27, 2020
Annual Meeting - Orlando, FL