2017 New Orleans, Louisiana

Annual
Meeting

When: May 24-27 2017 

Where:Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, Louisiana

  • About
  • Credits and Certificates
  • Scientific Abstracts
  • Presentations
  • Annual Meeting Winners

About the 2017 Conference

The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) is a member-driven North American organization dedicated to improving and advancing the standards of care for those living with multiple sclerosis. The program of the Annual Meeting of the CMSC serves as the ultimate educational conference for all healthcare practitioners and researchers engaged in the field of multiple sclerosis. Please join us in New Orleans on May 24-27, 2017 to learn, network, renew old friendships, and meet new colleagues who work in multiple sclerosis in settings throughout North America and throughout the world. Our four day agenda is filled with lectures, symposia, workshops, roundtables, and dinner programs that will enhance professional practice and improve treatment outcomes in multiple sclerosis.

The Annual Meeting of the CMSC typically hosts over 2000 delegates and over 70 exhibitors. The educational content is uniquely designed to provide the latest information on the art and science of MS care. There are over 130 educational hours to meet the needs of our multi-disciplinary learners: physicians, nursing professionals, rehabilitation specialists, mental health experts, advocates, and pharmacists. This year’s agenda features national and international experts on comprehensive care and research, basic information for novice clinicians, advanced clinical courses to enhance professional performance, and specific tracks for neurologic clinicians, nursing professionals, rehabilitation specialists, mental health specialists, and patient advocates. A wide variety of educational experiences await our multidisciplinary delegates.

Please mark your calendars for May 24-27th and join the CMSC at this landmark meeting during which the IOMSN will celebrate its 20th anniversary in New Orleans, a city well-known for its warmth and hospitality. We look forward to another successful meeting with you!

ABOUT THE 2017 CONFERENCE

The Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers strives to provide MS healthcare professionals with the most up-to-date information to advance both clinical practice and research. To ensure a comprehensive educational curriculum for our multidisciplinary delegates, the CMSC Annual Meeting places focus on:

  • Basic and translational research
  • Disease modifying treatments and new and emerging therapies
  • Epidemiology, genetics and epigenetics
  • Disease management
  • Symptomatic care
  • Immunology and pathophysiology of MS
  • Neuroimaging and biomarkers
  • Rehabilitation
  • Psychosocial issues
  • MS collaborative care
  • Gender-specific concerns
  • Advocacy issues
  • Quality of life strategies

Meeting Highlights

  • Research updates
  • Poster session
  • Committee meetings
  • Multi-disciplinary collaboration
  • Exhibits with the latest in products and services
  • Technological advances
  • Roundtable discussions
  • Social events
  • Research and clinical practice awards
  • Supporting emerging clinicians in MS
  • Networking opportunities

Obtaining Credits and Certificates

for the 2017 Annual Meeting

  • Sessions, Credit Types and Number of Credits Offered
    (This document will help you figure out what type of credits each session offers)
  • Claiming Your CE Credits
  • ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education)
    Credit Information

2017 Presentations

  1. Basic Immunology for the Non-Immunologist (all presenters)
    Scott D. Newsome, DO, MSCS
    • How Does the Immune System Protect Us?
      Kathleen Costello, MS, ANP-BC, MSCN
    • What Causes CNS Inflammation in MS?
      Scott D. Newsome, DO
    • How Do the Current DMT’s Affect the Altered Immune Response in MS?
      Scott D. Newsome, DO, MSCS; Kathleen Costello, MS, ANP-BC, MSCN
  2. Advanced Immunology for the Non-Immunologist
    Scott D. Newsome, DO, MSCS
  3. MJ for MS?—An MS Health Professional’s Guide to Cannabis-Part 2
    Allen Bowling, MD, PhD
  4. CNS Repair and Ways to Measure It
    Anne H. Cross, MD
  5. Unique Wellness Approaches to Progressive MS
    Brian Hutchinson, PT, MSCS
  6. Role of T Cells and B Cells in MS Pathogenesis – Part 1
    Francisco J. Quintana, PhD
  7. Role of T Cells and B Cells in MS Pathogenesis – Part 2
    Francisco J. Quintana, PhD
  8. Pediatric MS
    Brenda Banwell, MD, FAAP, FRCPC
  9. Use of Lipid Metabolism Blockers and Modifiers for the Treatment of MS: A Paradigm Shift
    John Nieland, PhD
  10. John Whitaker Memorial Lecture: How Research on Pediatric MS Can Inform Thoughts on MS Pathogenesis
    Emmanuelle Waubant, MD, PhD
  11. Whitaker Track
    Michael K. Racke, MD
  12. Function of Myeloid Cells in CNS Inflammation with a Focus on Microglia Cells and CNS-invading Macrophages During MS
    Ari Waisman, PhD
  13. Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorders
    Dean Wingerchuk, MD, MSc, FRCPC
  14. Donald Paty Memorial Lecture: Induction or Aggressive Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis: Is it Right for Most, Some or No Patients?
    Brian G. Weinshenker, MD
  15. Microbiome
    Tanuja Chitnis, MD
  16. BEAT-MS: Who, What, Why, When and Where?
    Michael K. Racke, MD
  1. John F. Kurtzke Memorial Lecture: MS Comprehensive Care: A Team Sport
    Aaron Boster, MD
  2. MJ for MS?—An MS Health Professional’s Guide to Cannabis-Part 1
    Allen Bowling, MD, PhD
    • Introduction: History, Botany, Pharmacology
      Allen Bowling, MD, PhD
      This speaker has opted not to publish this presentation. For more information, please go to Dr. Bowling’s website at www.neurologycare.net/mj2.html.
  3. Fundamentals of MS Care: Part 1: A Case-based Approach to Disease Management 2017
    Constance B. Easterling, RN, MSN, ARNP, MSCN
  4. Fundamentals of MS Care: Part 2: A Case-based Approach to Disease Management 2017
    Constance B. Easterling, RN, MSN, ARNP, MSCN
  5. Fundamentals of MS Care: Part 4: A Case-based Approach to Symptom Management 2017
    Constance B. Easterling, RN, MSN, ARNP, MSCN
  6. Update on Gender Issues in MS
    Patricia K. Coyle, MD
  7. Building Opportunities and Connecting Women MS Neurologists
    Jacqueline Nicholas, MD, MPH
  8. A New Paradigm of MS Care: Optimizing Health through the Integration of Lifestyle, Alternative, and Conventional Medicine
    Allen Bowling, MD, PhD
    • Integrative Medicine, Non-Pharmacologic Symptomatic Therapy, Overview of Nutrition and MS
      Allen Bowling, MD, PhD
      This speaker has opted not to publish this presentation. For more information, please go to Dr. Bowling’s website at www.neurologycare.net/mj2.html.
    • Focus on Nutrition: Obesity and MS
      Tanuja Chitnis, MD
    • Focus on Nutrition: Biotin and MS
      Ayman Tourbah, MD
    • Culinary Medicine in Clinical Delivery
      Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
      This speaker has opted not to publish this presentation.
  9. Effective Management Strategies for Complex Symptoms of MS
    Kathleen Costello, MS, ANP-BC, MSCN
  10. Using Digital Tools to Enhance MS Care
    Riley Bove, MD
  11. Empowering Patients by Making Them Part of the Engineering Team
    Christopher C. Luzzio, MD
  12. Treating Individuals and Providing Population Based Care Using Large Data
    Jodie K. Haselkorn, MD, MPH; Mitchell T. Wallin, MD, MPH
  13. The Collaborative Approach to MS Care (all presentations)
    Bryan Walker, MHS, PA-C; Edward J. Fox, MD, PhD, FAAN;  Stephanie Agrella, RN, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC, MSCN; Mark Skeen, MD
  14. Comorbidities in Multiple Sclerosis
    Ruth Ann Marrie, MD, PhD, FRCPC
  15. DMT Treatment Decisions in MS: Sorting out the Data
    Edward J. Fox, MD, PhD, FAAN
  16. Comprehensive Care in MS and Symptom Management
  1. Review of Pharmacology Concepts Part 1: The Evolution of Disease Modifying Therapies (all presentations)
    Kathy Tortorice, PharmD, BCPS; Felecia Hart, PharmD, MSCS;Ellen Whipple, PharmD
  2. CMSC MRI Guidelines: A 2017 Update
    Anthony Traboulsee, MD; David K.B. Li, MD
  3. How to Perform the EDSS
    Stephen S. Kamin, MD
  4. Meet the Professor: What is New in MS Treatment: The Benefits in Everyday Clinical Practice
    Prof. Giancarlo Comi
  5. Presidential Lecture: New McDonald Criteria
    Jeffrey A. Cohen, MD
  6. Fundamentals of MS Care: Part 1: A Case-based Approach to Disease Management 2017
    Constance B. Easterling, RN, MSN, ARNP, MSCN
  7. Fundamentals of MS Care: Part 2: A Case-based Approach to Disease Management 2017
    Constance B. Easterling, RN, MSN, ARNP, MSCN
  8. Debates over Controversies in MS (all presentations)
    Dennis Bourdette, MD; Olaf Stuve, MD, PhD;Benjamin Segal, MD;Mitchell T. Wallin, MD, MPH
    • Progress in Treating Progressive MS
      Dennis Bourdette, MD
    • Rituximab Can be Used to Treat PPMS instead of Ocrelizumab
    • Anti-CD20 Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Should be Used to Treat SPMS
    • DMTs Should be Stopped in Patients with “Inactive” MS after the Age of 60
  9. Pediatric MS
    Brenda Banwell, MD, FAAP, FRCPC
  10. Update on Gender Issues in MS
    Patricia K. Coyle, MD
  11. Effective Management Strategies for Complex Symptoms of MS
    Kathleen Costello, MS, ANP-BC, MSCN
  12. Comorbidities in Multiple Sclerosis
    Ruth Ann Marrie, MD, PhD, FRCPC
  13. Disease Management, Imaging and Therapeutics
  1.  The Foundation of MS Nursing: Building your Practice: Part I
    Beverly Layton, RN, CCRC, MSCN; Bonnie Blain, RN, MSCN
  2. The Foundation of MS Nursing: Building your Practice: Part 2
    Beverly Layton, RN, CCRC, MSCN; Bonnie Blain, RN, MSCN
  3. Core Concepts for the MS Nurse: International Case Based Perspectives
    Colleen Harris, MN, NP, MSCN
  1. Behavioral Medicine: Lifeline for MS (all presentations)
    Amy Sullivan, PsyD, ABPP
    • Introduction and Defining the Patient Experience
      Amy Sullivan, PsyD, ABPP
    • The Role of the Psychiatrist in an Integrated MS Care Team
      Morgan Faeder, MD, PhD
    • Successful Implementation of Behavioral Medicine into Every Day Practice; Screening, Assessing and Implementation
      Claire Hara-Cleaver, CNP
  2. There’s an App for That: Novel Ways to Manage Symptoms of MS (all presentations)
    Amy Sullivan, PsyD, ABPP
    • Introduction: Theoretical Basis of Using Mobile Applications to Promote Health
      Amy Sullivan, PsyD, ABPP
    • Mobile Applications in the Promotion of Physical Health
      Matthew Plow, PhD
    • Smartphone Shrink: Apps to Facilitate Management of Mental Health Symptoms in MS Patients
      Michelle Drerup, PsyD
  3. Interdisciplinary Approach to Managing Sexuality Issues in Patients with MS
    Frederick W. Foley, PhD; Samantha Domingo, PsyD
  4. Fundamentals of MS Care: Part 2: A Case-based Approach to Disease Management 2017
    Constance B. Easterling, RN, MSN, ARNP, MSCN
  5. Fundamentals of MS Care: Part 4: A Case-based Approach to Symptom Management 2017
    Constance B. Easterling, RN, MSN, ARNP, MSCN
  6. Cognition in MS: Update on Assessment, Neuropathology and Rehabilitation
    John DeLuca, PhD
  7. Depression & Suicide in MS: What We Know and What We Can Do About It
    Rosalind Kalb, PhD
  8. Informal Caregiving: From Theory to Practice
    Deborah Miller, PhD, LISW, MSAA
  9. Psychosocial: Cognition and Depression
  1. Models of Rehabilition Care
    Susan Bennett, PT, DPT, EdD, NCS, MSCS
  2. Translating the Latest Motor Learning Evidence into Practice
    Randy Karim PT, DPT, NCS, CBIS
  3. Current Topics and Trends in MS Rehabilitation: Part 1
    Patricia Bobryk, MHS, PT, MSCS, ATP
  4. Current Topics and Trends in MS Rehabilitation: Part 2
    Patricia Bobryk, MHS, PT, MSCS, ATP
  5. Current Topics and Trends in MS Rehabilitation: Part 3 (all presentations)
    Patricia Bobryk, MHS, PT, MSCS, ATP
    • Highlights from the 6th International Symposium on Gait and Balance in MS: Sensory Contributions
      Michelle Cameron, MD, PT, MCR; Gail Widener, PT, PhD; Kathleen Zackowski, PhD, OTR, MSCS
    • Getting Started in Clinical Research
      Gary R. Cutter, PhD
  6. Current Topics and Trends in MS Rehabilitation: Part 4
    Patricia Bobryk, MHS, PT, MSCS, ATP
  7. Fundamentals of MS Care: Part 3: A Case-based Approach to Symptom Management 2017
    Constance B. Easterling, RN, MSN, ARNP, MSCN
  8. Rehabilitation Interventions
  1. Role of T Cells and B Cells in MS Pathogenesis – Part 1
    Francisco J. Quintana, PhD
  2. Evaluating Potential Clinical Trials: What to Know
    Andrew D. Goodman, MD; Eileen Scheid RN, MSN, MSCN
  3. Scales and Measures in MS
    Robert Herndon, MD
  4. What Have We Learned from Registries?
    Gary R. Cutter, PhD; Kottil Rammohan, MD
  5. Wellness in MS: Methodology for Clinical Studies (all presentations)
    Lynne Shinto, ND, MPH; Nicholas G. LaRocca, PhD
    • Considerations in Conducting Dietary Intervention Trials in People with Multiple Sclerosis
      Ellen Mowry, MD
    • Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis: Overview, Gaps, and Next Steps
      Robert Motl, PhD
    • Emotional Wellness: Gaps and Opportunities in Mind-Body Research
      Lynne Shinto, ND, MPH (Presenting on behalf of Dawn Ehde, PhD)
    • What NOT To Do If You Want Your Grant Application Funded
      Nicholas LaRocca, PhD
  1. How to Perform the EDSS
    Stephen S. Kamin, MD
  2. Fundamentals of MS Care: Part 3: A Case-based Approach to Symptom Management 2017
    Constance B. Easterling, RN, MSN, ARNP, MSCN
  1. Review of Pharmacology Concepts Part 2: Beyond the DMTs (all presentations)
    Kathy Tortorice, PharmD, BCPS; Ellen Whipple, PharmD
  2. Fundamentals of MS Care: Part 3: A Case-based Approach to Symptom Management 2017
    Constance B. Easterling, RN, MSN, ARNP, MSCN
  3. Fundamentals of MS Care: Part 4: A Case-based Approach to Symptom Management 2017
    Constance B. Easterling, RN, MSN, ARNP, MSCN
  4. Effective Management Strategies for Complex Symptoms of MS
    Kathleen Costello, MS, ANP-BC, MSCN
  5. Comprehensive Care in MS and Symptom Management

2017 Annual Meeting Winners

CONSORTIUM OF MS CENTERS AWARDS

  1. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
    Jerry Wolinsky, MD

    University of Texas HSC – Houston MS Research Group 
  2. WHITAKER CMSC FOUNDATION AWARD
    (WH01) Establishing the Relationship of Quantitative Vibratory Sensation and Sensory Cortical Areas in Multiple Sclerosis (click here for the abstract)
    Nora E. Fritz, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  3. POSTERS
    • Best in Research
      (ND03) Cytokine Profiles Across DR2 Haplotype and Vitamin D Status in the Intermountain Multiple Sclerosis Project (click here for the abstract)
      Laura E. Baldassari,1 Hanieh Seraj,1 C. Dee Husebye,1 M. Mateo Paz Soldan,1,2 Thomas
      Martins,3 Noel G. Carlson,2,4 John W. Rose1
      1Neurology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; 2Neurology, Veterans Affairs Salt Lake
      City Health Care System, Salt Lake City, UT; 3ARUP Institute for Clinical Research, Salt Lake City, UT; 4Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
    • Best in Patient and Family Education
      (IS05) MS in the 21st Century Mapping Study to Quantify the Educational Offerings for Patients from Multiple Stakeholders in the Field of Multiple Sclerosis (click here for the abstract)
      Peter Rieckmann,1 on behalf of the entire MS in the 21st Century Steering and Patient
      Group2
      1Chefarzt der Neurologischen Klinik, Bamberg, Germany; 2United Kingdom
  4.  PLATFORM
    • Best in Research
      (RH05) Longitudinal Relationships Between Moderate and Vigorous Physical Activity, Fatigue, and Depression in Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis (click here for the abstract)
      Samantha Stephens,1 Shahriar Shams,2 Giulia Longoni,3 Stephanie A. Grover,1 Joshua D.
      Lee,4 Tara Berenbaum,5 Marcia Finlayson,6 Robert W. Motl,7 E. Ann Yeh4
      1Neurosciences and Mental Health, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada;
      2Child Health Evaluative Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada;
      3Brain and Mental Health, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada;
      4Departments of Neurology and Neurosciences and Mental Health, The Hospital for Sick
      Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada; 5Neurology, The Hospital for Sick
      Children, Toronto, ON, Canada; 6School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University,
      Kingston, ON, Canada; 7Physical Therapy, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
    • Best in Patient and Family Education
      (CG07) Mindfulness Training Versus Adaptive Cognitive Training: Impact on Emotion Dysregulation and Cognitive Functioning (click here for the abstract)
      Ruchika S. Prakash,1 Brittney Schirda,1 Hyunkyu Lee2
      1Department of Psychology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; 2Posit Science, San
      Francisco, CA
  5. LABE SCHEINBERG AWARD 
    (RH13) Telerehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis: Gait, Balance, and Patient-Reported Outcomes (click here for the abstract)
    Cecilie Fjeldstad, Amy Thiessen, Gabriel Pardo
    MS Center of Excellence, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, OK
  6. MS/MHP FRED FOLEY AWARD FOR BEST PRACTICES IN MENTAL HEALTH AND MS
    John DeLuca, PhD
  7. INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF MS REHABILITATION THERAPISTS “ARTY” AWARD FOR BEST PRACTICES IN REHABILITATION IN MS
    Brian Hutchinson, PT
  8. CMSC ADVOCATE FOR 2017 
    Marie Namey, MSN, MSCN

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF MS NURSES AWARDS

  1. LINDA MORGANTE HOPE AWARD
    (QL28)Symptom Clusters and Social Support: Predicting Health Promotion and Quality of Life of Older Adults with Longstanding Multiple Sclerosis  
    (click here for the abstract)
    Wenhui Zhang, BSN, The University of Texas at Austin; Heather Becker, PhD, Research Scientist, The University of Texas at Austin; Alexa Stuifbergen, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean, The University of Texas at Austin; Adama Brown, PhD, Research Scientist, The University of Texas at Austin; Wenhui Zhang, BSN, The University of Texas at Austin
  2. JUNE HALPER AWARD
    Kelsey Lenihan, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, MSCN
    Hope Neurology, Knoxville, TN
  3. THUMBS-UP AWARD
    Cathy Chester
    MS Blogger, Health Advocate & Freelance Writer
  4. RESEARCH AWARD
    Hala Darwish, PhD, MSN, BSN, MSCS
    American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MS CARE ROBERT HERNDON AWARD

Screening Tools for Anxiety in People with Multiple Sclerosis: A Systemic Review
Brittany Litster, BSc; Kirsten M. Fiest, PhD; Scott B. Patten, MD, PhD; John D. Fisk, PhD; John R. Walker, PhD; Lesley A. Graff, PhD; James M. Bolton, MD; Jitender Sareen, MD; James J. Marriott, MD, MSc; Lindsay I. Berrigan, PhD; Charles N. Bernstein, MD; Ryan Zarychanski, MD, MSc; Alexander Singer, MB, BAO, BCh; Carol A. Hitchon, MD, MSc; Christine A. Peschken, MD, MSc; Ruth Ann Marrie, MD, PhD