“In April last year one of the anonymous commentators mentioned that ‘It is no wonder there are legions of neurologists who disagree with Giovannoni’. At the time this observation, or criticism, may have been correct. However, I didn’t take the criticism lying down and prepared a response on the diffusion of innovations and adoption. This latter post was also heavily criticised. As the Mouse Doctor has said many times before, you have to develop a very thick skin to become a blogger.”
“I subsequently got involved in the development of a policy document to try and change the way we view and manage multiple sclerosis. I was very fortunate to have professional help from the Oxford Health Policy Forum and a group of like-minded colleagues. It has been a privilege and a pleasure working on this project with all those concerned; thank you.”
“The document simply promotes the messages I extol week-in and week-out on this blog. To manage MS holistically, to empower MSers, to involve MSers in shared-decision making, to make the point that time matters and that we should be aiming to maximise the lifelong brain health of people with MS (diagnose early, treat early, treat effectively, monitor & document actively, treat-2-target).”
“The document will be made available via the web after its launch on the 6th of October. If anyone is attending ECTRIMS in Barcelona next month you may want to attend the launch meeting. Please RSVP online at www.msbrainhealth.org.”
CoI: Please note that the launch symposium is being funded by grants from AbbVie and Genzyme and by educational grants from Biogen, F. Ho mann La-Roche and Novartis, all of whom had no inf uence on the content of the programme or document.