How to get involved in our social media sessions at ECTRIMS this week


Another year, another ECTRIMS, another social media experiment…we invite you to get involved. This week we will be broadcasting one Question Time Google Hangout from the annual ECTRIMS conference and one Burning Debate.

Ways to get involved in the Burning Debate:
The aim of the Burning Debate is to get two top researchers to discuss a burning topic from the field of MS Research. This year the topic is: People in wheelchairs should be included in progressive MS trials. 
The debate will take place on Thursday 15th September from 4-5pm in Hall D.

We have Dr Klaus Schmierer arguing FOR the motion and Dr Patricia Coyle arguing AGAINST. The debate will be chaired by Dr Celia Oreja-Guevara. Unfortunately the debate will not be live streamed, but we will be covering it on Twitter where you can follow the discussion by searching for the hashtag #burningdebate. A twitter feed will be projected in the debate room, so any comments or questions will be voiced : ) At the end of the debate, the BartsMSblog twitter account will post two tweets, one FOR the motion, one AGAINST. The tweet that is re-tweeted the most will win the debate. A secondary aim of the debate is to encourage clinicians to get onto twitter and use it in a professional manner. 

Ways to get involved in Question Time Hangout:
The aim of the Question Time Hangout is to get MS research presented at ECTRIMS out to you ASAP. Two of our best presenters, Neuro Doc Gnanapavan and MouseDoctor will be presenting live for one hour on Friday 16th Sept from 3:45pm – 4:45pm , summing up what they have seen throughout the week. 
This is a great opportunity for you to find out about specific presentations that your interested in. Check out the conference programme here, and either email us or post a comment on this article with any sessions or posters that you would like to know about, and we can try our best to send someone there and will report back in the Hangout. 
So, you can either watch the Question Time Hangout on the Barts MS Blog google+ channel, on our You Tube channel or sign up and join the discussion. As this is a Hangout On Air, lots of people can watch the discussion but only 10 people can join and ask questions. If you join the discussion (rather than just watch the video live), your camera will be turned on so if you want to remain anonymous, it’s maybe better to email us your question. If you would like to be invited to join the discussion and notified when the discussion starts, email us your details: We’ll also be checking our twitter, so you can tweet us a questions on the day.

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  • sorry if this is an obvious question but to where should I e-mail the particular sessions which I would be interested in hearing about?

  • This is the second year MS has been in life during the ECTRIMS periods. I absolutely hate ECTRIMS. I hate hearing that neuros are debating whether people with MS in wheelchairs should be included in trials – and the reasons advanced (according to the twitter slides) – they are too old, too sick, can't walk so we can't do one of the tests on them so it's a bit too hard. That's actually upsetting to hear. It sounds to me like "we just can't be bothered coming up with better clinical trials so we're going to exclude the sickos cos it's hard they can't do anything anyway".

    I thoroughly hate the ECTRIMS period – it floods my social media with stupidity.

    I continue to pay attention in case something intelligible actually comes out… but the marketing and the stupidity of it all just depresses me.

    • If you hate ECTRIMS pay not attention is a a trade show for neurologists.

      You can watch the debates online at the ECTRIMS site and the case against is truely scary and probably debated from a point they actually believe.

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