Programme 2021

Northern Connections MS Annual Meeting 2021 – Friday, 10th September 2021

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


Optional Breakfast Session – 8am, Friday 10 September 2021, Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh


8:00am – 9:00am

Breakfast Session – Complex Patient Cases

Stella Hughes, Victoria Royal Infirmary, Belfast

A review of complex patient cases for research and clinical staff only.

Main Meeting – 9am, Friday 10 September 2021, Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh


Morning Session 1- Innovations in Research: Chaired by Prof. Siddharthan Chandran


9.15am - 9.20am

Welcome & Meeting Aspirations

Prof. Siddharthan Chandran, University of Edinburgh


9.20am - 10.00am

Glial cell interactions supporting myelin repair

Dr Veronique Miron


10.00am - 10.40am

Imaging brain microstructure in MS with MRI

Prof Adam Waldman


10.40am - 11.20am

B cell therapy in MS; from regular to irregular to biomarker-driven?

Prof Fredrik Piehl


11.20am - 11.40am


Morning Session 2 – Chaired by Dr Don Mahad


11.40am - 12.20pm

A Care Crisis? An Audit of 70 UK MS Services

Dr David Rog



12.20pm - 12.50pm

Research Update – 3 x 10 minute presentations

Dr Rachael Kee, Dr Sarah Jane Martin & TBC



12.50pm - 13.35pm


Afternoon Session 1 – Chaired by Dr Martin Duddy


13.35pm - 14.15pm

What does phenotyping long covid tell us about disability in MS?

Prof Alan Carson


14.15pm - 14.55pm

Comorbidities in the ageing MS population

Dr Ruth Ann Marrie


14.55pm - 15.15pm

Coffee Break

Afternoon Session 2 – Chaired by Dr Joe Guadagno 


15.15pm - 15.45pm

Myelin regeneration in MS – reversing the ravages of time

Prof Robin Franklin


15.45pm - 16.25pm

Debate – RIS: to treat or not to treat

Dr Kate Petheram (FOR) vs Dr Paul Gallagher (AGAINST)

Chair: Professor John Paul Leach


16.25pm - 16.30pm

Closing Remarks



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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