Programme 2020

Northern Connections MS Meeting – 23rd October 2020

Due to Government restrictions as a result of COVID-19, this event was delivered remotely.  

Morning Session 1- Innovations in Research : Chaired by Dr Martin Duddy


9.45am - 10.00am

Welcome – Meeting Aspirations

Dr Martin Duddy, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne


10.00am - 10.30am

The role of Genetics and lifestyle factors in MS

Professor Ingrid Kockum, Karolinska


10.30am - 11.00am

Regenerative neuro-immunology: Innate and
adaptive immune mechanisms in myelin repair

Dr Yvonne Dombrowski, Belfast


11.00am - 11.15am

Coffee Break

Morning Session 2- Collaborations in MS Care: Chaired by Dr Stella Hughes


11.10am - 12.00pm

Complex Patient Cases

Dr Stellla Hughes, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast


12.00pm - 12.10pm

Coffee Break

Afternoon Session 1 – Collaborations in MS Care: Chaired by Dr Orla Gray


12.10pm - 12.40pm

10 years of the Scottish MS Registry and what can be achieved in the next 10?

Dr Niall McDougall


12.40pm - 13.10pm

Epidemiological opportunities for MS in Scotland

Dr Patrick Kearns


13.10pm - 14.00pm


Afternoon Session 2 – Clinical & Research Challenges: Chaired by Prof Siddharthan Chandran


14.00pm - 14.30pm

Diagnostic Challenges in MS

Dr Wallace Brownlee


14.30pm - 15.00pm

Improving the outcomes for people with MS – the role of clinical trials

Professor Jeremy Chataway


15.00pm - 15.10pm

Coffee Break

Afternoon Session 2 – Equality of Access to Treatments & Services : Dr Martin Duddy


15.10pm - 15.50pm

Improving the outcomes for people with MS – the role of clinical trials

Dr Emma Tallantyre vs Professor John Paul Leach


15.50pm - 16.00pm

Closing Remarks

Prof Siddharthan Chandran

“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

Have a look at the programmes from other meetings to get a feel for some of our other speakers and topics.

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