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Inauguration Day

No, not THAT type of inauguration on the US Capitol facing the National Mall, but rather facing an audience in the Blizard Institute’s Perrin Lecture Theatre, colour scheme of which is modelled on a Poppy field, as ‘In Flanders Fields‘, with mostly green and a few dotted red seats. ProfAngray and myself gave our inaugural lectures there last night, in my case this was three...

AttackMS – it’s happening

Delays, delays, it’s terrible. But we had to include a few changes to the protocol, and that impacts on the database, participant information sheet, randomisation system, and most departments work with specific timelines, which draws out the process… Anyway, we’re not complaining, we’re moving on, so I’ve been speaking today to some smart colleagues at the Royal Free...

Countdown to Swansea

Some of you feel they are no more than talking shops, but conversations at conferences sometimes do produce results, for example a new trial – AttackMS is such a product. The next domestic highlight in any UK MSologists’ diary is the MS Society’s MS Frontiers meeting hosted on the Bay Campus of Seaside University Swansea, on 6th and 7th of July. I provided some details back in...

Association of British Neurologists goes Harrogate

If you’re a pwMS in the UK, make sure you have all questions to your neurologist answered by Tuesday since chances are, they will spend Wednesday – Friday in Harrogate meeting colleagues and friends at the annual meeting of the “ABN“. And given, you know, this is another one of those “first” F2F meetings since COVID-19 has – at least for now –...

MS controversies in India

Controversies in Neurology (CONy) launched about 15 years ago as an annual get together for neurologists to discuss topics where there is no single answer. And there are obviously many questions without a single answer in neurology just as in medicine as a whole. Over the years, CONy has become a fixture in the calendar of many of my colleagues. I co-chaired the MS section in March; here’s...

Instead of Monday Q&As – It’s MS Awareness Week!

You may be aware there is an annual World MS Day, celebrated every 30th of May since 2009, following an initiative by the MS International Federation. World MS Day 2020-22 has been themed *connections* There’s also MS Awareness *Week*, and if you live in the US that was early last month (sorry if you missed – I did), however here in the UK it’s *this week*. A number of events...

A call to arms, your upper limbs

ChariotMS is gaining traction, however not yet quite to the degree we would have liked. As you may remember, our trial milestones had to be revised, and our immediate target was to enrol 60 people with advanced MS (pwAMS) by the end of June, and we called this our “60:6 challenge”. At the time we took the decisions, it looked like a realistic plan. However, setting up trial sites for...

MS in Ukraine

I’ve been in touch with the Ukrainian Community of people with Multiple Sclerosis (UCMS). According to their own data, there are 22,000 people with MS living in Ukraine. The UCMS is an associate member of the European MS Platform (EMSP), which sounds frighteningly similar to other “associate memberships” of this large country… Kateryna from the UCMS just sent me the two...

MS Frontiers – get your abstracts in

With one year delay, this usually bi-annual meeting for researchers in the field of MS will take place 7-8 July 2022 in the popular waterfront city of Swansea, and I’m looking forward to it. “New beginnings” was our sub-heading for the meeting, but that seems to have dropped, at least temporarily, though in spirit it remains our motto: Whilst learning to live with COVID-19, the...

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