MS Brain Health Newsletter – update on EMSP 2016

Dear supporters

This special edition of our newsletter brings MS Brain Health highlights from the 2016 Annual Conference of the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform (EMSP) in Oslo last week.

Time does matter in MS

Early intervention was a recurring theme of the conference. The impact of early diagnosis, effective treatment and a brain-healthy lifestyle was highlighted by many different speakers. Find out more here.

Social media highlights

We live-tweeted the EMSP conference from @MSBrainHealth to enable those unable to travel to Oslo to follow the action. Now, we have gathered together some of the best social media content from #EMSP2016 in one place, so you can catch up if you missed it! You can view highlights from the conference here.  

MS Brain Health workshop for people with MS

Prof Øivind Torkildsen (Norway) chaired a session on Time matters in MS: early intervention in MS with the most appropriate agents. He began by presenting the scientific evidence in support of early treatment. George Pepper, UK-based co-founder of the patient group, then gave an MSer’s perspective on the importance of early intervention and urged the audience to live a brain healthy lifestyle.

Eva Havrdová (Czech Republic) presented the content of our new MS Brain Health slide set, Brain health: a guide for people with MS, which was well received by the delegates. A printed companion guide to this slide set was also distributed for consultation. Both items will soon be finalized and available to download from

A lively Q&A session followed these presentations. Christoph Thalheim (Belgium) ended the session by encouraging attendees to engage with the MS Brain Health initiative in several ways:

  1. Learn about brain health at
  2. Spread the MS Brain Health message online
  3. Use the MS Brain Health slides in your country

We look forward to working with our contacts from Oslo to disseminate the MS Brain Health message across Europe.

As always, you can keep up to date with MS Brain Health activities on the MS Brain Health website and by following @MSBrainHealth on Twitter.
Thank you for being part of the MS Brain Health initiative.


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, Giancarlo Comi, Kathleen Costello, Jeremy Hobart, Gisela Kobelt and Christoph Thalheim

MS Brain Health activities and supporting materials have been funded by grants from AbbVie, Actelion Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi Genzyme and by educational grants from Biogen, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Merck Serono and Novartis, all of whom have no influence on the content.

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