Programme 2018

Northern Connections MS Meeting – 8th June 2018

Across our events, we continue to draw an impressive line-up of speakers from a range of important centres across the UK and Europe.

Pre-event Welcome Dinner – 7pm, Thursday 7 June 2018, Principal Edinburgh George St


7:00pm – 7:30pm

Welcome Drinks Reception

Principal Edinburgh George Street Hotel


7:30pm – 10:00pm

Welcome Dinner

Principal Edinburgh George Street Hotel

Breakfast Session – 8am, Friday 8 June 2018, Royal Society of Edinburgh


8:00am – 9:00am

Breakfast Session – Collaborate to Innovate

Stella Hughes, Victoria Royal Infirmary, Belfast

Breakfast Brainstorm: Case Studies

Main Meeting – 9am, Friday 8 June 2018, Royal Society of Edinburgh


8:30am – 9.15am

Arrival & Breakfast

Morning Session 1- Advances in Research and Treatment in MS: Chaired by Dr James Overell


9.30am - 9.40am

Welcome – Meeting Aspirations

Dr James Overell


9.40am - 10.10am

Remyelination in MS – from bench to bedside

Professor Anna Williams


10.10am - 10.40am

Translational therapeutics and recent clinical trials in Progressive MS

Dr Don Mahad


10.40am - 11.10am

Why Target B Cells in MS

Professor David Baker


11.10am - 11.25am

Coffee Break

Morning Session 2- Collaborate to Innovate – The Swedish Experience: Chaired by Prof. Siddharthan Chandran


11.25am - 12.00pm

Swedish research collaborations in MS

Professor Jan Lycke


12.00pm - 12.35pm

Collaborations in Real World MS Treatment and Swedish MS Service development

Prof Anders Svenningsson


12.35pm - 12.45pm

Panel Discussion and Questions



12.45pm - 13.30pm

Lunch Break

Afternoon Session 1- Opportunities and Challenges of Managing MS in 2018: Chaired by Professor David Bates


14.30pm - 15.45pm

Debate – are MDTs good for MS Care?

Prof Neil Robertson vs Dr Martin Duddy


14.10pm - 14.30pm

Collaborate to Innovate – Linking database cohorts

Dr Peter Connick

Afternoon Session 2 – Working Together to Overcome the Challenges of Service Development: Chaired by Dr James Overell and Dr Martin Duddy


14.30pm - 15.45pm

Collaborative Session – Sharing Best Practice

Centres to present an overview of their service


15.45pm - 15.55pm

Coffee Break


15.55pm - 16.15pm

The Queen Square experience

Bernadette Porter


16.15pm - 16.30pm

Closing Remarks


“The Northern Connections MS Meeting provides a unique networking opportunity for MS Specialists throughout Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England. I found the Case Study Section to be of particular benefit – a great opportunity to discuss real world cases with our peers.”

Dr Orla Gray, Consultant Neurologist


Past Programmes

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