MS Brain Health January 2017 Newsletter

This month we are pleased to let you know about our upcoming presentation at the ACTRIMS Forum and a new series of video interviews available on the MS Brain Health website. We are also keen to know what translations you need in your country. 

Poster presentation at ACTRIMS Forum 2017

MS Brain Health is seeking to encourage improved service standards in MS – in keeping with the recommendations in our report

Professor Jeremy Hobart will be presenting some of our work on this area in Maximizing brain health in multiple sclerosis: a quality improvement framework (LB190) at the ACTRIMS Forum in Orlando, Florida, 23–25 February. 

The poster will be available to download from the Congress Posters page of the MS Brain Health website shortly after the presentation.

New video interviews

A new series of videos is now available to watch on the MS Brain Health website:

George Pepper shares what he does to live a brain-healthy lifestyle and explains the benefits of taking an active role in treatment decisions. He also highlights the importance of healthcare professionals understanding the needs of each individual with MS.


Professor Eva Havrdová reflects on the value of a good doctor–patient relationship, the importance of monitoring with MRI in MS and the need to consider switching from ineffective treatment.



Professor Øivind Torkildsen discusses the benefits of early diagnosis and treatment, his treatment goals for people with newly diagnosed MS and the need for good communication between doctor and patient when making treatment decisions. 


Multiple sclerosis advocate, Jana Hlaváčová, highlights the role healthcare professionals can play in empowering patients and the importance of being able to ask healthcare professionals questions about health, lifestyle and life issues for people living with MS.


Making translations available

Brain health: a guide for people with multiple sclerosis is available in six languages – Czech, English, French, German, Polish and Spanish – and will soon be available in Italian. Other MS Brain Health resources, including the executive summary and recommendations and slides sets for healthcare professionals and people with MS have not yet been widely translated. Do you need any of these items in your own language? Indeed, has your local MS society already translated some of them?

We want to hear from you! Please let us know what translations would be most useful to reach out to healthcare professionals and people with MS in your country.

Gavin Giovannoni, MD
Professor of Neurology and Chair of the MS Brain Health Steering Committee

On behalf of the MS Brain Health Steering Committee: Gavin Giovannoni, Peer Baneke, Helmut Butzkueven, Jodi Haarsten, Jeremy Hobart, Gisela Kobelt, Christoph Thalheim, Tony Traboulsee, Tim Vollmer and Tjalf Ziemssen

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