iWiMS Global Scientific Meetings


Global Epidemiology Conference – 27/28 January 2020

27 January
London (Ontario, Canada) – 5.30PM
London (UK) – 10.30PM
Central European time – 11.30PM
East Coast US – 5.30PM
West Coast US – 2.30PM
28 January
East Coast Australia – 9.30AM
Zoom dial-in details to follow


Dr Vilija Jokubaitis, PhD., Senior Research Fellow, Department of Neuroscience, Monash University, Australia and Honorary Senior Research Fellow Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Title: Pregnancy, CIS and MS in the modern day
Dr Sarah Morrow, M.D., M.S.C.E., Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
Title: Treating acute optic neuritis with bioequivalent doses of oral or intravenous steroids
Dr Jo Lane, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Research School of Public Health, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Title: My first year in MS research: reflections and the next steps”


NMOSD and MOG-Ab associated disorders – 11/12 December 2019


Dr Romina Mariano, MBBCh (Wits), DPhil Candidate and Honorary Clinical Fellow, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, John Radcliffe Hospital, The Queen’s College, University of Oxford
Title: Involvement of the spinal cord in MOG-Ab disease, NMOSD and MS
Dr Sara Samadzadeh, MD, Guest Researcher, University of Southern Denmark and Neurology Resident and post-doctoral research fellow in university hospital Düsseldorf
Title: Association of serum IgG autoantibodies specific for myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG-IgG) with optic neuritis

Clinical Trials Conference – 20/21 November 2019

Speakers Included:
Dr. Ellen Mowry, Johns Hopkins University
Title: Investigator-initiated clinical trials in MS: the good, the bad, and the ugly
Dr. Riley Bove, University of California San Francisco
Title: Pilot trial of hormone therapy for women with multiple sclerosis
Dr. Anneke van der Walt, Monash University
Title: Cross-over trial design: lessons learnt from a Botox-study for upper limb tremor in MS

Global Epidemiology Conference – 21 October 2019

Speaker Included:
Fardowsa Yusuf, MSc
Fatigue, sleep disorders, anaemia and pain in the multiple sclerosis prodrome.
Tingting Zhang, MD, PhD
Effects of comorbidities on short-term functional decline among nursing home residents with multiple sclerosis.

Neuroimaging Conference – August 7, 2019

The first inaugural Neuroimaging Interest Group conference.
Our speakers:
Dr Rosa Cortese, Clinical Research Associate at UCL Institute of Neurology
The role of imaging biomarkers in different demyelinating disease phenotypes
Dr. Burcu Zeydan
Pittsburgh compound-B PET imaging in MS

Global Epidemiology Conference – July 15, 2019

Chaired by Dr Ellen Mowry, iWiMS Global Epidemiology Conference
Our speakers included:
Deanna Saylor, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University/Visiting Lecturer & Consultant, University of Lusaka (Zambia). MS in sub-Saharan Africa:  Absence of Disease or Absence of Expertise?
Charity Evans, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan. Adherence in MS: a model for other chronic diseases?
Mitzi Williams, MD, Neurologist & MS Specialist, Atlanta, GA. Addressing Diversity in MS: The African American Experience in the US

16 May 2019 – Chaired by Dr Vicki Maltby, inaugural iWiMS Global Genetics and Genomics conference.
1 April 2019 – Chaired by Dr Ellen Mowry, inaugural iWiMS Global Epidemiology Conference

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