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Vaccines and Ocrelizumab (VELOCE): Old swords, new swords, and how to avoid stab wounds!

As approximately 70% of our newly diagnosed people with MS go onto ocrelizumab (a CD20 and thus B cell-depleting monoclonal antibody), a study that helps us understand how ocrelizumab affects the potential to mount (protective) antibody responses to vaccines and new antigens is more than welcome. Especially, as we are all hoping for the COVID-19 vaccine to be under the Christmas tree.  B...

Barts-MS Journal Club: vaccine responses on ocrelizumab

Dr Ide Smets discusses the Veloce study and its implications for managing MS. Bar-Or et al. Effect of ocrelizumab on vaccine responses in patients with multiple sclerosis: The VELOCE study. Neurology October 06, 2020; 95 (14) Objective: The phase IIIb VELOCE study (NCT02545868) assessed responses to selected vaccines in ocrelizumab (OCR)-treated patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis...

Barts-MS Journal Club 28-Sept-2020

The following is our journal club from 28th September and was presented by Dr Ben Jacobs. Briggs et al. Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors α7 and α9 modifies tobacco smoke risk for multiple sclerosis. MSJ First Published September 14, 2020 Research Article Introduction: Tobacco smoke exposure is an established risk factor for multiple sclerosis (MS), yet how it confers risk is not known. Evidence...

Journal Club: whack-a-mole

The latest Barts-MS journal club describes and discusses the Whack-A-Mole strategy dealing with secondary autoimmunity post-alemtuzumab treatment. It is based on the paper below. Meltzer et al. Mitigating alemtuzumab-associated autoimmunity in MS: A “whack-a-mole” B-cell depletion strategy. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm. 2020 Aug 7;7(6):e868. doi: 10.1212/NXI.0000000000000868...

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