2016 National Harbor, Maryland

Annual
Meeting

When: June 1 – 4, 2016

Where: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, Maryland

  • About
  • Credits and Certificates
  • Scientific Abstracts
  • Daily Digest
  • Annual Meeting Winners

About the 2016 Conference

The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) marks the 30th anniversary of the founding our organization. We invite you celebrate 30 years of achievement; not only for the CMSC, but for all of us.  The world of MS has changed: new current and promising therapies, an international recognition of the value of the team approach and models of care that have changed all of our lives both personally and professionally.  Each year, our meeting content reflects the evolution of MS care and research. This year, like no other, we will be able to celebrate with one another, learn together, and participate in unique and exciting activities that reflect our members’ learning needs as well as the needs of those whom we serve, our patients and their families.

In May 2015, we met in Indianapolis with close to 2,000 delegates.  Our educational offerings ranged from clinical courses to enhance skills and proficiency, to basic science, and a peek at what the future holds.  Courses such as robotics, the role of complementary care, and innovations in rehabilitation were among the choices offered to our attendees.  Our supporters and exhibitors taught us about new products and provided us with important information.  We were honored to host a bevy of new clinicians entering the field of MS care and research, our MS Professionals-in-Training Special Interest Group.

Please join the CMSC at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland, across the harbor from our National Capital, Washington, D.C., for our 2016 convention.  Our curriculum will reflect our members’ needs and will keep you busy throughout the four day program, June 1-4th, 2016.  That is not to say you will have not have time to enjoy one another and our venue.  There will be a number of surprise events, so stay tuned!  Please note that continuing education credits will be available for physicians, nursing professionals, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, and hopefully, physical therapists. 

Please mark your calendars!  Let us celebrate 30 years together and look forward to our next milestone.

June Halper, MSN, APN-C, MSCN, FAAN
CMSC Chief Executive Officer

Obtaining credits and certificates

Completion of session evaluations and the overall evaluation are required in order to receive your continuing education credits.

Log on to: https://www.highmarksce.com/mscare/

Enter your username and password provided in the email sent to you when you registered for the meeting. (If you forgot your username or password, click on Forgot your Password? Get it now!)

  1. Once you have successfully signed in, select the Post Test/Credit Information from the right side of the navigation menu. If you used the itinerary planner prior to the meeting, the system may pre-populate those sessions for which you registered (please see the sessions listed under the 2016 Annual Meeting of the CMSC header)**. Proceed to Step 4.
  2. Under Claim Credit, select ‘2016 Annual Meeting of the CMSC’ from the Activity drop down box.
  3. Click on [List Sessions By Activity] button so you can see the sessions that are available for claiming CE credit.
  4. Click on [Claim Credit] OR [Enter Session Evaluation] to begin the process. You may be asked to confirm and attest to your attendance so that you can claim your credit.  Complete the Session evaluation by responding to all required questions. Hit [submit] when you are finished. The next screen will automatically reveal your pre-calculated total hours completed. 
  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 to claim credits for the other sessions that you attended.
  6. Once you have completed the session evaluation(s), click on [Complete Overall Evaluation]. Respond to all of the required questions and hit [submit] when finished.
  7. You will then be able to Print or Email your certificate. 

**IMPORTANT. If you went to a different session than your itinerary shows, you must “Remove CEU” from that session first. Then complete Steps 2 through 4 so you can evaluate the session you actually attended.

ATTN: PHARMACISTS

To ensure your credit fulfillment, you must submit your posttest, evaluation, and credit request via www.ff-ce.org NO LATER THAN July 11, 2016. Credit requests made more than 60 days after the activity WILL BE REJECTED by CPE Monitor, and are beyond our control. For more information about CPE Monitor, visit http://www.nabp.net/programs/cpe-monitor/cpe-monitor-service/.

FOR QUESTIONS:

Please contact the education team at education@mscare.org or call Tina at (201) 487-1050 x 102. 

2016 Annual Meeting Winners

CONSORTIUM OF MS CENTERS AWARDS

  1. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
    Susan E. Bennett, PT, DPT, EdD, NCS, MSCS
    Jacobs Neurological Institute / Baird MS Research Center
    Buffalo, NY
  2. WHITAKER CMSC FOUNDATION AWARD
    Impacts of Dalfampridine on Interhemispheric Relationships in MS

    Ioan Belovarski, BS1,2, Jeffrey D Lewine, PhD1 and Corey C Ford, MD, PhD2, (1)Mind Research Network, Albuquerque, NM, (2)Department of Neurology, UNM Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM
  3. POSTERS
    • Best in Research
      Longitudinal Evaluation of Cognition in Multiple Sclerosis: Impact of Cognitive Reserve
      Louise M Gresham, B.Sc.H., Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada, Roxana M Barbu, M.Cog., Institute of Cognitive Science, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada, Jason A Berard, B.Sc.H., Psychology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada and Lisa A.S. Walker, PhD, C.Psych., Psychology, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON, Canada
    • Best in Patient and Family Education
      Lemtrada Link- Use of Social Media to Enhance Patient Care and Experience
      Michelle A Allan, RN BA Nursing GCert MS, Monash Neurology, Monash Health, Melbourne, Australia
  4.  PLATFORM
    • Best in Research
      Physical Functioning Among Older Adults with MS: Evidence Based on an Objective Outcome

      Robert W Motl, PhD1, Julia M Balto, BSc1, Manuel E Hernandez, PhD1 and Brian M Sandroff, PhD2, (1)Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, (2)Kessler Foundation, West Orange, NJ
    • Best in Patient and Family Education
      A Short Film Highlighting MS in Hispanic Lives: Fostering Cultural Sensitivity

      Ozioma Obiwuru, MS1, Melanie D’Andrea, MFA2, Lihua Liu, PhD3, Sarah Joseph, MS1, Ana Palomeque, BS1, Leslie Tarlow, NP, MSN1, Bryce Morgan, BA2 and Lilyana Amezcua, MD, MS1, (1)Neurology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, (2)University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, (3)Department of Preventative Medicine, Division of Biostatistics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  5. LABE SCHEINBERG AWARD 
    Brain Health: Time Matters in Multiple Sclerosis – Developmental Process and Objectives of International Consensus Policy Recommendations

    Kathleen Costello, MS, ANP-BC, MSCN, Vice President, Healthcare Access, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York, NY, Helmut Butzkueven, MBBS, PhD, Melbourne Brain Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC, Australia, Suhayl Dhib-Jalbut, MD, Department of Neurology, RUTGERS Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, Jeremy Hobart, PhD FRCP, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Plymouth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Gisela Kobelt, PhD, European Health Economics, Mulhouse, France, George Pepper, ., Shift.ms, Leeds, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Maria Pia Sormani, PhD, Biostatistics Unit, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy, Christoph Thalheim, Patient Advocate in Multiple Sclerosis, Brussels, Belgium, Anthony Traboulsee, MD, FRCPC, Department of Medicine, University of British Colombia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Timothy Vollmer, MD, Department of Neurology, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO and Gavin Giovannoni, MBBCh, PhD, Queen Mary University London, Barts and The London School of Medicine, London, United Kingdom; Queen Mary University London, Blizard Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  6. FRED FOLEY AWARD FOR BEST PRACTICES IN MENTAL HEALTH AND MS
    Anthony Feinstein, M.B.B.Ch., M.Phil., PhD, FRCPC
  7. INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF MS REHABILITATION THERAPISTS “ARTY” AWARD FOR BEST PRACTICES IN REHABILITATION IN MS
    Toni Chiara, PhD, MSPT, MHS

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF MS NURSES AWARDS

  1. LINDA MORGANTE HOPE AWARD
    The Feasibility of a Positive Psychology Group Intervention for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

    Kaitlynne Leclaire, BA1, Bonnie I Glanz, PhD2, Allison LaRussa, BA1, Fiona Stuart, BA1, Brian C Healy, PhD1, Jeff Huffman, MD3, Tanuja Chitnis, MD4, Howard L Weiner, MD1 and Audrey H Cecil, MSW, LICSW5, (1)Neurology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brookline, MA, (2)Partners Multiple Sclerosis Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brookline, MA, (3)Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, (4)Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Boston, MA, (5) Social Work, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Brookline, MA
  2. JUNE HALPER AWARD
    Therese Burke, RN, CNC, MSCN
    Institute for Immunology and Allergy Research Westmead Hospital (Australia)
  3. THUMBS-UP AWARD
    Tina Trott
     Managing Director – Continuing Education (Consortium of MS Centers)
  4. RESEARCH AWARD
    Heidi Maloni, PhD, ANP-BC, CNRN, MSCN
    National Clinical Nursing Director (Washington DC VA Medical Center, Washington, DC (USA)
  5. SPECIAL AWARD: INNOVATIONS IN NURSING TO IMPACT PATIENT CARE
    The MS Co-Design Project: A patient centered co-design project focusing on methods of communication between patients and care providers with the aim of increasing patient self-reports of suspected Multiple Sclerosis (MS) relapses.
    Fiona d’Young, MS, CNS, BN, BA, MSCN
    Auckland Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MS CARE ROBERT HERNDON AWARD

A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial of Duloxetine for Central Pain in Multiple Sclerosis
Theodore R. Brown, MD, MPH (MS Center at Evergreen, Evergreen Health, Kirkland, WA, USA); April Slee, MS (Axio Research, LLC, Seattle, WA, USA)