iWiMS Global Scientific Meetings


COVID-19 Clinical discussion – April 8/April 9 2020

Our next call will be on Wednesday 8 April 7:00pm Paris/Roma/Madrid, 6:00 pm London, 10:00 am PST USA, 1:00pm EST USA, 3:00am Melbourne/Sydney AEST (Thursday 9 April)
The link can be found here
Please contact us hello@iwims.world to obtain the password


MS COVID-19 Meeting – April 1/April 2 2020

Recording of the 2nd MS and COVID-19 discussion hosted by iWiMS.
Discussions included introduction of various global registry efforts being put together to capture treatment and outcomes data on people with MS who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Clinical Neurology conference – Feb 27/ Feb 28 2020


A/Prof Charo Blasco Quílez, Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro, Madrid, Spain. “Concurrence of a brain tumor and MS: A challenge for treatment. “

Prof Ayse Altintas, KOC University, Istanbul, Turkey. “ A multicentre international study to evaluate different aspects of the relationship between MS and pregnancy.”

Neuro-ophthalmology conference – Feb 10/ Feb 11 2020

Dr. Frederike Cosima Oertel, University of California San Francisco, USA
Title: Optical coherence tomography in NMOSD: Results from the CROCTINO cohort
Dr. Sara Collorone, University College London, London, UK
Title: Visual Function and Brief Cognitive Assessment for MS (BICAMS) in Optic Neuritis–Clinically Isolated Syndrome Patients

Pediatric Demyelinating Disease Conference – Feb 6/7 2020


Ermelinda De Meo, Institute of Experimental Neurology, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, Italy. Neuroimaging in the CNS white matter.
Leslie Benson, Boston Children’s, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. HLH in children.

Neuroimaging Conference – Jan 28/Jan 29, 2020


Frederique Boonstra, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Tremor in multiple sclerosis with a neuroimaging perspective
Myrte Strik, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia & VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Investigation of upper and lower limb disability progression in multiple sclerosis with longitudinal functional network dynamics
Antje Bischof, UCSF, San Francisco, CA, USA
Legacy brain scans reveal rapid cord atrophy rates before conversion to secondary progressive multiple sclerosis

Global Epidemiology Conference – 27/28 January 2020


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

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

Upcoming Social iWiMS Meetings