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Overview Article of the Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting, Boston, MA, Sept. 10-13, 2014

Written by Margaret M. McCormick, RN, BSN, MSCN

Introduction

Every six years, two organizations, each dedicated to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research and collaboration, meet together to share and debate recent research findings in MS. More than 8500 researchers, healthcare providers, representatives of patient/advocacy organizations and people affected by MS gathered in Boston September 10 through 13 for the 6th Triennial joint meeting of ACTRIMS (Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in MS) and ECTRIMS (European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS). Attendees heard and participated in more than 1000 teaching courses, scientific presentations and poster sessions.

Many topics were of immediate relevance to people with MS including presentations on Disease Modifying Therapies, and about behaviors that may impact the course of the disease and quality of life termed Lifestyle Factors. Hopeful findings were presented on Emerging Treatment Approaches as well as some Approaches to Symptomatic Treatments. Information was presented on Pain and MS, and on new Methods of Assessment in the disease. Some of the most exciting findings were about Nervous System Repair (Myelin Repair/Remyelination) and Cognitive Rehabilitation Strategies. Information about the Genetics of MS were presented and debated. And finally, research findings that increased our understanding of Progressive MS were presented.

This overview provides additional insight into the topics presented through MSWorld's Conference Coverage.

Video Links from ECTRIMS 2014 are included at the end of each topic.

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