World MS Day 2018

It’s World MS Day today!  This annual awareness day has been pioneered by the MS International Foundation (MSIF) and takes place each year at the end of May. Check here for events across the Globe.

This years’s World MS Day campaign headline is #bringinguscloser, which the organisers translate as follows:

Research is bringing us closer to ending MS.

To succeed, we need to work together as a global MS community to find ways to improve life with MS now and end MS forever.

The #bringinguscloser campaign is about connecting people affected by MS with those involved in MS research, including scientists, students, nurses, fundraisers, volunteers, and more. It’s a chance to come together to celebrate what we’ve achieved in MS research so far, and share our hopes for the future.”

Though BartsMS has not designed a specific event to mark the occasion this year, we certainly feel we regularly practise the 2018 motto as we try and deliver research, clinical skill & commitment and information in the interest of people living with MS at every stage of their condition, and – hopefully – in the future for people not being affected by MS (PreventMS). However, being BartsMS, we have something up our sleeves that maps particularly well on the #bringinguscloser campaign, so watch this space for a post by @prof_mouse as our paper is being typeset at MSJ-ETC.

For last year’s World MS Day I was invited to talk at an event in Lisbon entitled “Time matters in MS”. You can find a summary of the opinions expressed at this meeting here, and the slides of my talk below – still quite current one year down.

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