Due to the developing Coronavirus pandemic emergency and all of the collateral effects, we regretfully inform you that our Annual Meeting scheduled to take place on May 27-30th in Orlando, Florida cannot possibly proceed.

  • General Cancellation Notice
  • Abstracts
  • Patient Program
  • Cancellation FAQ

Dear CMSC Members, Supporters, and all those Affected by Multiple Sclerosis:

Due to the developing Coronavirus pandemic emergency and all of the collateral effects, we regretfully inform you that our Annual Meeting scheduled to take place on May 27-30th in Orlando, Florida cannot possibly proceed. Therefore, it has been canceled. Registration fees will be refunded.

We recognize that our members have educational needs that would have been met at our meeting. We pledge to sustain and to expand our educational activities throughout the remainder of the year via the web and in person in San Diego in 2021 to address those needs.

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is something that none of us has faced in our lifetime. Protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our members, our patients and the community-at-large remains our first priority.

We will get through it as a stronger and wiser team fighting the challenges of multiple sclerosis.

We will continue to update this page for more information.


Respectfully,

June Halper, MSN, APN-C, MSCN, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer
On behalf of the Board Of Governors of the CMSC

April 24, 2020: We will be having a Virtual Mini Poster Session. All accepted abstracts will be published in printed and in digital format. Please note that some authors have withdrawn their abstract and will not be included in the published version. As of today, authors are not required to upload their posters or presentations. Authors will receive an email the week of April 27, 2020 with updates. 

More About MS: Coming of Age with Multiple Sclerosis

For more information and to register, please visit https://www.catmeded.com/mspatient.

The CMSC planned a unique patient program that was scheduled for May 29 in Orlando, Florida. This program was cancelled due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. We have formatted the program to be virtual! You can access this free live program from your computer, phone or tablet. Please see the details below!

Title: More About MS: Coming of Age with Multiple Sclerosis
When: Sat, May 30, 2020 12-3pm Eastern time
Where: From the comfort of your home
Registration Required: https://catmeded.com/mspatient

Upon registration you will be given the opportunity to submit questions that you would like to be addressed during the presentation. Please note that all questions may not be addressed due to time constraints.

12:00 noon Introductory Video
12:05 pm Opening Remarks Randall T. Schapiro, MD, FAAN
12:10 pm Supporter Recognition
12:15 pm Aging and MS Randall T. Schapiro, MD, FAAN
 12:45 pm Interactive Activity
12:50 pm Research Advances in MS Gary Birnbaum, MD, FAAN
1:20 pm Supporter Recognition
1:25 pm Patient Perspectives Video
1:30 pm MS Perspectives from a Neurologist who has MS Peter Wade, MD
2:00 pm Interactive Activity
2:05 pm Supporter Recognition
2:10 pm Rehabilitation and Wellness in MS Patricia Bobryk, MSH, PT, MSCS, ATP
2:40 pm Discussion and Questions and Answer Session
2:55 pm Instructions for Post-program Materials
3:00 pm Concluding Remarks Randall T. Schapiro, MD, FAAN

Frequently Asked Questions

Abstracts

Yes, authors can submit their abstracts to other conferences or publications.

Although the meeting is cancelled, we are going to continue to publish the abstracts in the International Journal of MS Care.  We will be contacting each presenter to ask their permission to publish the abstract.

 We will email all authors to ask their permission to continue publishing their works in the International Journal of MS Care. 

You may submit your abstract to another congress as new (not an encore).

Exhibitors

Registration and Housing

Yes, you will receive a full refund. We will begin processing registration refunds soon. You will receive a receipt via email once your credit card has been refunded.  For those who have paid by check or wire transfer, we will contact you shortly for your preferred method of refund. You do not need to cancel your registration.

Due to government regulations, the CMSC office is closed and we are working from home. We will do our best to provide refunds within 30 days.

If you made a hotel reservation with the Orlando World Center Marriott, your reservation has automatically been canceled.  Please check your inbox for the email cancellation. Reservations made with other hotels must be canceled directly with that hotel.

Program

As of March 23rd, the 2020 CMSC Annual Meeting has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

As of March 24, we do not have anything lined up.  But we are looking into the agenda and studying the feasibility of virtual offerings.

Others

Please send all un-deposited checks to Attn: Jennifer Pichardo, Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, 3 University Plaza Drive, Suite 116, Hackensack, NJ 07601. If you have deposited the original check, please email jpichardo@mscare.org. We will be in touch with you to determine how to return the funds to the CMSC.

If you booked your flights through GAMA Travel, please be aware that they are working with the airlines to obtain refunds. GAMA may retain the booking for a short while as we wait to see how the airline industry will be handling cancellations. Please do not cancel your booking directly with the airline. You also do not need to reach out to GAMA. Your reservation will be canceled before the original travel date. The booking may still appear active on the airline’s APP, but do not be concerned.

Those who registered to take an exam at the CMSC Annual Meeting will be allowed to transfer the registration and will be able to take the exam at a later date at a testing facility at no additional charge. Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) is working on alternative options for testing.  If you would like to reschedule your test or if you have any additional questions, please contact PTCNY at 212-356-0660 or ptcny@ptcny.com.

We will continue to update this page.  If you have other questions, please email Nancy Chazen at nancy.chazen@mscare.org.