Marriott World Orlando, Florida

Annual
Meeting

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
  • CMSC Abstracts
  • Whitaker Research Track Abstracts
  • Contests
  • Scholarships
  • Exhibits & Support
  • Independently-Supported Symposia
  • Housing & Travel

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

Press Registration

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

Additional
Information

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

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

For technical support, contact cmsc@confex.com. 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.

Submission Deadline: January 10th, 2020

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) invites submissions for Poster and/or Platform presentations that address timely issues involving MS basic and clinical research, patient care and treatment outcomes. Submissions that reflect collaboration between specialties are encouraged.
The categories to be highlighted include:

  • Diagnosis and Prognosis
  • Basic Science
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Issues
  • Comprehensive Clinical Care – The Team Approach
  • Disease Modification and its Outcomes
  • Epidemiology, Genetics, and Epigenetics
  • Neuroimaging and Neurophysiology
  • Programs that Support Quality of Life
  • Rehabilitation Research and Strategies
  • Symptom Management
  • Advances in Technology
  • Patient Reported Outcomes
  • Programs and Methods of Care
  • Case Reports/Case Series

INSTRUCTIONS AND GUIDELINES

All healthcare professionals are welcome to submit abstracts. Authors need not be members of CMSC or be sponsored by a member. Acceptance will be based entirely upon the quality of the work and the appropriateness of the topic.

Submission of a proposal implies a commitment to present at the meeting. Authors of accepted abstracts must register for the conference. The CMSC cannot assist with your costs. You may apply for scholarship support but this process is separate from the abstract review and approval of your work.

CMSC STATEMENT ON COMMERCIAL INTEREST AUTHORS AND PRESENTERS

Platform Presentations: 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. CMSC is committed to comply with the rules and guidelines set forth by these agencies to ensure that these standards are strictly followed. The work of commercial interest authors and presenters will be considered for review provided that the content focuses on basic science and not on the product or on the commercial aspects of the discovery. Acceptance of an abstract for Platform presentation depends solely on the decision of the CMSC Abstract Review Committee in consultation with the CMSC CE Committee.

Poster Presentations: Authors of poster submissions should present information about studies or projects of benefit to the multiple sclerosis scientific and/or clinical community. The work of authors who are industry employees will be considered provided that the authors are employed by the scientific and/or medical divisions. The work of authors in industry sales or marketing posts will not be considered for inclusion in the scientific poster session. This policy shall apply to work submitted individually or in a co-authoring capacity.

ACCEPTED ABSTRACTS

Review Process: The CMSC Abstract Review Committee will review all abstracts. Submissions will be evaluated for clarity, relevance to MS, originality, scientific merit, and for the purpose of resolution of any identified conflict of interest (COI) on the part of the author(s). Submissions will be evaluated on an equal basis, whether theme-related or of general interest, although preference will be given to data-based submissions for platform presentations.

Notification: Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection of abstracts no later than February 29, 2020. All communication will be made through the contact person.

Registration: All Platform and Poster presenters must register for the meeting and will be required to cover all costs related to their annual meeting attendance.
Scholarships: The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers provides scholarships to MS professionals who wish to attend the annual meeting and require financial assistance. All applicants must meet defined criteria to be eligible. Please go to www.mscare.org/2020 to obtain full information.

TYPES OF PRESENTATIONS

Platforms: The presenters of abstracts selected as Platforms must be available to present on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 2:45 pm – 4:45 pm. The exact time of each platform presentation will be posted in the proceedings of the program. The presentation should not exceed fifteen (15) minutes with five (5) minutes for questions and answers. Due to limited time, some submissions requesting platform presentations may be assigned to the poster session. Platform sessions will be awarded continuing education credit.

Posters: For abstracts selected as posters, the presenter must be available to hang the poster, and will be responsible for the material and supplies needed to present the poster. The size of the poster is four (4) feet in height and eight (8) feet in width. Posters may be hung beginning on Wednesday, May 27 at 12:00 pm. There will be a Poster session on Thursday, May 28 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Authors will be expected to stand by their work between 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm and be available for discussion during the poster session.

PUBLICATION

All accepted abstracts will be published for distribution during the meeting and posted on the CMSC Annual Meeting website at www.mscare.org/2020.

AWARDS

The CMSC offers a number of awards in recognition of the quality of work submitted. The CMSC Research Award will be given to the best Platform and Poster presentations of innovative research in multiple sclerosis. The Patient and Family Education Award will be given to the best Platform and Poster presentations focusing on patient and family education in MS. The Labe C. Scheinberg Award will be presented by the Foundation of the CMSC to the Platform or Poster presentation that has the greatest impact in advancing the care of people with MS. Reviewers will recommend an abstract to be considered for any of the awards.

Research and Education award winners will receive a plaque and free registration to a subsequent CMSC Annual Meeting for the first author only. The Scheinberg awardee will receive a trophy and a cash award from the Foundation of the CMSC.

Whitaker Research
Track Abstracts

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

For technical support, contact cmsc@confex.com. 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.

Submission Deadline: January 10th, 2020

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Dr. John N. Whitaker was a world famous researcher in multiple sclerosis. Not only did Dr. Whitaker engage in research himself, he encouraged budding scientists to enter the field and develop their skills and talents in this important work. The CMSC is proud to honor Dr. Whitaker’s memory by presenting the Whitaker Research Track each year as part of its annual meeting. This project of the CMSC includes the work of emerging scientists working in the field of MS. Students, post-doctoral fellows, and young investigators are encouraged to submit abstracts of their work for presentation during the Whitaker Track. A panel, headed by Dr. Michael Racke, will judge the presentations and will award the Whitaker Prize for MS Research. A monetary grant will be awarded by the Foundation of the CMSC to the winner to support his or her continued work in the field of MS. The Whitaker Platform Session will take place on Wednesday, May 27. Investigators whose abstracts are chosen will be provided with transportation, hotel accommodations for two nights and complimentary registration.

INSTRUCTIONS AND GUIDELINES

Submission of a proposal implies a commitment to present at the meeting. Authors of accepted abstracts must register for the conference. Restrictions: No continuation page, illustrations or tables are to be included. Abstracts must report work not presented or published prior to the meeting. Disclosure Statement: This statement must be completed by all authors in order for abstract to be considered.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

  • Abstracts must be proofread carefully. Author will be responsible for correct grammar and spelling.
  • Abstract content should not exceed 2,500 characters. Spaces are included.
  • Abstract title should be no more than 150 characters, excluding spaces.
  • Abstracts submitted should not have been published or presented elsewhere prior to the CMSC meeting.
  • 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. CMSC is committed to comply with the rules and guidelines set forth by these agencies to ensure that these standards are strictly followed. The work of commercial interest authors and presenters will be considered for review provided that the content focuses on basic science and not on the product or on the commercial aspects of the discovery. Acceptance of an abstract for Whitaker Track depends solely on the decision of the CMSC Whitaker Review Committee.
  • Slides containing scientific or clinical information may not be presented if they have been developed by a commercial interest.
  • Abstracts must follow formatting guidelines. Please make sure that all information is correct. Abstracts submitted with incomplete information will not be reviewed.

ACCEPTED ABSTRACTS

Review Process: The Whitaker Review Committee will review submissions. Submissions are evaluated for clarity, nature and originality and scientific merit. Submissions will be evaluated on an equal basis, whether theme-related or of general interest, although preference will be given to data-based submissions for presentations. Notification: Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection of abstracts no later than February 29, 2020. All communication will be made through the contact person.

Contests

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.

Advice:

  • 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.

Deadlines:
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
luzzio@neurology.wisc.edu

Mikaela Morelli, BME Student
mikaelamorelli.6@gmail.com

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 darin.okuda@utsouthwestern.edu.

Scholarships

The application will open on January 13, 2020.

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.

Independently
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 tina.trott@mscare.org or by calling 201.487.1050, ext. 102.

Housing & Travel

When: May 27 – 30, 2020
Where: Orlando, Florida
Headquarters Hotel: Marriott World (Housing reservation will open in December 2019)

Hotel Link and Rate

Orland World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 239-4200
$204 plus taxes and fees per night

Housing reservation will open in December.

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:
https://orlandoairports.net/parking-transportation/

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

Taxi:
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.

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.