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Multiple Sclerosis Practice Update

Multiple Sclerosis Practice Update:
New Approved Therapies and Biomarkers Updates in Multiple Sclerosis

Friday, November 15, 2019
12:00PM  - 7:30PM

Beechwood Hotel
363 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA

Registration Fees:

Category Full Course
Physician $200
All Other Health Professionals  $150
Active UMass MD, PhD, NP/PA
(Must show ID badge at registration desk upon check in)
(Maximum of 10 allowed)


Program Overview:
We are pleased to announce that the 5th Annual UMass Memorial Healthcare Multiple Sclerosis Center MS Update Program: “New Approved Therapies and Biomarkers Updates in Multiple Sclerosis” will be held on November 15, 2019 at Beechwood Hotel, Worcester, MA.

The content of the meeting includes state-of-the-art information on the latest research on use of serum and CSF neurofilaments, role of MRI in MS disease surveillance, adaptive and innate immunity new in MS, role of gut microbiota in MS, biomarkers discovery, new treatments approved, updates on ongoing and new clinical studies and much more. 

The UMass Memorial Healthcare MS Center is proud to partner with national and international thought-leaders, MS professionals who work in translational research, clinical research, community service, and education. Our faculty will challenge, refresh and recharge your clinical knowledge base. Each lecture will be a thoroughly useful state-of-the-art summary.

Our meeting is unique in bringing together neurologists, basic and translational scientists and radiologists, committed to improving the lives of people with MS.

GOALS: The goal of the 5th Annual Meeting of the UMASS MS Center is to provide MS healthcare professionals with the most up-to-date information-impacting patient care in the areas of:

  • Research
  • Disease modification
  • Pathophysiology
  • MS collaborative care
  • New and emerging therapies
  • Biomarkers


  • Translational research
  • Clinical care
  • Collaborative international approaches to managing MS
  • Networking opportunities
  • Exhibits with the latest in services and products
  • Social events

TARGET AUDIENCE: Healthcare professionals-physicians (neurologists, primary care, internists), nurses, residents, fellows, medical students and researchers. 


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key concepts of the immunologic disease processes associated with multiple sclerosis.
  • Recognize that the pathophysiology of multiple sclerosis is affected by ethno-cultural origin, and environmental factors and tailor diagnosis and management appropriately.
  • Learn about cutting-edge biomarkers research.
  • Analyze the complex mechanisms underlying the pathophysiology of multiple sclerosis in order to more appropriately initiate new therapeutic interventions.
  • Access timely topics, international thought-leaders and interactive discussions.

Comfort:  Business casual is very appropriate for this conference.  Although attempts will be made to insure the comfort of our attendees, we suggest that you bring a sweater/jacket if you tend to be chilly. 

Continuing Education Credit –

Accreditation Statement: The University of Massachusetts Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  

Designation Statements:  Physicians: The UMMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Nurses: This program meets the requirements for 6.6 contact hours for nurses as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in nursing (244-CMR 5.04).  Each nurse should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Other Health Professionals: Non-physician health professionals and other participants will be issued a certificate of participation stating that the activity was certified for 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ .  

Policy on Faculty Disclosure:  It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts Medical School to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all activities. All faculty participating in CME activities sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School are required to present evidence-based data, identify and reference off-label product use and disclose all relevant financial relationships with those supporting the activity or others whose products or services are discussed. Faculty disclosure will be provided in the activity materials.

Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel your registration before October 31, 2019 your fee is refundable less a processing charge of $75.  After that date, no refunds will be given for any reason, including weather and other emergencies.  Substitutions are always acceptable. 

The Office of Continuing Medical Education and the Department of Neurology reserves the right to cancel a program at any time caused by circumstances not under its control.  Persons registered in a cancelled program will be notified by email, using the email address provided when registering for the program.  Registration fees will be refunded if the program is cancelled.  There may be changes it the program content caused by circumstances beyond the control of the Office of Continuing Medical Education.

Information and Special Needs:  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Acts, if you have any special needs (dietary needs, or any other) please call or email the UMMS Office of Continuing Medical Education for assistance at 508-856-3401 or by October 31, 2019.


12:00-1:00 PM - Lunch and Registration

1:00-1:05 PM - Welcome and Introduction
                             Carolina Ionete, MD, PhD

1:05-1:30 PM - Diagnosis and Differential Diagnosis in MS
                             Peter Riskind, MD, PhD

1:30-1:55 PM - Immunology of MS
                            Roberto Bomprezzi, MD, PhD

1:55-2:20 PM - New Approved Treatments in MS
                            Andrew Bouley, MD

2:20- 2:45 PM - Treatment Shared Decisions in MS
                             Idanis Berrios Morales, MD

2:45-3:10 PM - MRI use in MS
                           Christopher Hemond, MD

3:10-3:30 PM    Coffee Break

3:30-3:55 PM - Unmet Needs in MS…Diagnosis and Treatment Response
                            Carolina Ionete, MD PhD

3:55-4:20 PM - Gut Microbiota in Autoimmune Diseases
                            Beth McCormick, PhD

4:20-4:45 PM - Gut Microbiota in MS
                            Raffaella Umeton MD, Carolina Ionete, MD PhD

4:45-5:10 PM - Helminths and MS
                            Cris Constantinescu, MD, PhD 

5:10-5:40 PM    Dinner buffet

5:45-6:10 PM - Neurofilaments as Biomarker in MS
                             Sharmillee Gnanapavan, MD

6:10- 6:35 PM - Microglia Role in MS
                             Caterina Maneiro, MD, PhD

6:35-7:00 PM - B Cells in MS
                            Rachel Gerstein, PhD

7:00-7:25 PM - EBV and TCR in MS
Liisa Selin, PhD, Anna Gil PhD

7:25-7:30 PM - Closing remarks / Adjourn

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Fee includes: Syllabus, buffet lunch, refreshment break, dinner buffet

Registrations for UMass Medical School OCME programs are made via our secure online registration system.  To register for this course, please visit the course website listed above.

At the end of the registration process you will have the choice of paying by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express).  Postal, telephone, fax, and cash-payment registrations are not accepted.

Upon receipt of your paid registration, an email confirmation from UMass OCME office will be sent to you.  Be sure you included an email address that you check frequently.  Your email address is used for critical information, including registration confirmation, evaluation and certificate. 

Refunds, less an administrative fee of $75 will be issued for cancellations received two weeks prior to the start of the course. No refund will be issued should cancellation occur less than two weeks prior.  “No shows” are subject to the full course fee and no refunds will be issued. 

On-Site Registration – Please note that on-site registration will be assessed an additional $25 to the published pre-registration fee.


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