The first scientific meeting of the International Progressive MS Collaborative took place on 6-8 February in Milan, Italy.
"There are obvious scientific challenges, and challenges in international efforts. But it is extremely important that this move forward as a global effort."
Weyman Johnson, MSIF Chair
More than 170 MS researchers and clinicians from around the world came together at the conference with a common goal of finally bringing treatments to people with progressive MS everywhere. MSIF’s CEO Peer Baneke, Director of Programmes Ceri Angood and Head of International Scientific and Medical Research Dhia Chandraratna were also in attendance.
The conference, which was organised by the Italian, American, British, Canadian and Dutch MS societies and MSIF, exceeded expectations and enabled leading experts to discuss and explore the most promising pathways in finding strategies for advancing the understanding of and treatment options for progressive MS.
The next steps of the International Progressive MS Collaborative will be to assemble a more in-depth scientific review of the meeting, agree upon a common research strategy and further develop the global action plans that will drive efforts toward the solutions needed for progressive MS.
“We are addressing one of the most challenging aspects of research in
MS: understanding and treating progressive MS.”
Professor Alan Thompson, meeting co-chair
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