3rd Conference of the International MS Cognition Society

Aim of the conference

The IMSCOGS Conference has reached its 3rd annual edition. The main object of the Society is to gather researchers and clinicians around the world who are engaged in the care of MS patients with a specific focus on cognition and other closely related symptoms such as fatigue, depression and anxiety. The aim of the 3rd conference is to create a solid platform for discussion and sharing of the most updated knowledge about a highly relevant topic for Multiple Sclerosis patients’ quality of life, from world renowned professionals.

Learning objectives

After the conference, attendees will have received up-to-date information on:

  • The natural history of MS cognitive impairment and its mechanisms focusing on grey and white matter damage and the focal damage to critical CNS areas.
  • Structural and functional correlates of cognitive impairment studied by using the latest imaging tools such as fMRI, OCT, and Connectomics.
  • Cognitive reserve & role of the cerebellum in MS cognitive impairment. How the patients’ brain struggles to avoid the disease.
  • Neuropsychological profiles in MS, focusing on processing speed and working memory as the most affected aspects.
  • Cognitive testing and rehabilitation in the Neuropsychology practice and new trends in cognitive rehabilitation. Present and future treatments.

Target Audience

The conference is mainly addressed to neuropsychologists and other healthcare professionals, therapists, neurologists and nurses, from around the world, thus creating critical mass for further research efforts and seeking strong based consensus amongst MS expert professionals.

Expected Outcomes

Right from the outset, the IMSCOGS Conference was created to generate a discussion platform about a topic which is highly relevant for the patients quality of life. It will be an excellent opportunity to update the audience as to the latest progress made in MS care, and disseminate knowledge across a wide range of professionals.

FINAL PROGRAM

8.00
Registration
8.45
Welcome to the congress
I.K. Penner (Switzerland) – IMSCOGS President
X. Montalban (Spain) – President of the 3rd conference

Session 1 – The natural history of MS cognitive impairment
Chairs: X. Montalban (Spain) and L. Ramió (Spain)

9.00
Natural history of cognitive impairment in MS
M.P. Amato (Italy)
9.45
Discussion

Session 2 – Mechanisms of cognitive impairment
Chairs: B. Brochet (France) and O. Fernandez (Spain)

Controversy #1
The main pathogenic determinant of MS-related cognitive impairment is:

10.00
Grey matter damage
J. Geurts (The Netherlands)
10.20
White matter damage
P. Preziosa (Italy)
10.40
Focal damage of critical areas
C. Enzinger (Austria)
11.00
Discussion
11.10
Coffee break

Session 3 – Structural and functional correlates of cognitive impairment
Chairs: J. Sastre-Garriga (Spain) and B. Audoin (France)

11.30
Connectomics in MS-related cognitive impairment
I.K. Penner (Switzerland)
11.50
fMRI in cognitive evaluation and rehabilitation in MS
J. DeLuca (USA)
12.10
Role of OCT as a marker of neurodegeneration and its potential role in cognitive impairment in MS
S. Schippling (Switzerland)
12.30
Discussion
12.40
Free oral presentation (10’ each) selected by the Local Scientific Committee on abstracts submitted by registered participants
13.30
Lunch

Session 4 – Cognitive reserve & role of cerebellum in MS cognitive impairment
Chairs: M. Rocca (Italy) and S. Fredrikson (Sweden)

14.30
Cognitive reserve
J.F. Sumowski (USA)
14.50
Role of Cerebellum in MS-related cognitive impairment
A. Ruet (France)
15.10
Discussion
15.20
Free oral presentation (10’ each) selected by the Local Scientific Committee on abstracts submitted by registered participants
16.30
Coffee break & poster viewing (each poster will be presented by the own author)
18.00
End of day 1

Session 5 - Neuropsychological profiles in MS
Chairs: J. Gich (Spain) and L. Krupp (USA)

Controversy #2
The most affected domain in MS-related cognitive impairment is:

9.00
Processing speed
J. DeLuca (USA)
9.20
Working memory
C. Forn (Spain)
9.40
Discussion

Session 6 – Cognitive testing and rehabilitation in practice: present and future
Chairs: P. Hämäläinen (Finland) and H.P. Hartung (Germany)

10.00
Clinical Relevance of Neuropsychological Testing in MS
R. Benedict (USA)
10.30
New trends in cognitive rehabilitation
D. Langdon (UK)
11.00
Coffee break
11.30
Free oral presentation (10’ each) selected by the Local Scientific Committee on abstracts submitted by registered participants
12.30
Closing remarks
I.K. Penner (Switzerland) and X. Montalban (Spain)
13.00
Closing lunch & end of the meeting

IMSCOGS Conference 2014 Poster

June 13th and 14th 2014

Venue: Hotel Alimara, Barcelona (Spain)
Website: http://cem-cat.org/imscogs2014/

President of IMSCOGS

  • Prof. Iris-Katrina Penner; Basel (Switzerland)

National committee Spain

  • Prof. Xavier Montalban; Barcelona | Conference President
  • Dr. Lluís Ramió i Torrentà; Girona
  • Dr. Rafael Arroyo; Madrid
  • Dr. Óscar Fernández; Málaga
  • Dr. Alfredo Rodríguez-Antigüedad; Barakaldo
  • Dr. Jordi Gich; Girona
  • Dr. María Jesús Arévalo; Barcelona
  • Dr. Jaume Sastre-Garriga; Barcelona

Executive committee

  • Prof. Maria Pia Amato; Florence (Italy)
  • Prof. Bruno Brochet; Bordeaux (France)
  • Prof. Ralph Benedict; Buffalo (USA)
  • Prof. John DeLuca; West-Orange (USA)
  • Prof. Sten Fredrikson; Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Païvi Hämäläinen; Masku (Finland)
  • Prof. Hans-Peter Hartung; Düsseldorf (Germany)
  • Prof. Lauren Krupp; New York (USA)
  • Prof. Dawn Langdon; London (UK)
  • Prof. Xavier Montalban; Barcelona (España)
  • Prof. Iris-Katrina Penner; Basel (Switzerland)| IMSCOGS President
  • Prof. Alan Thompson; London (UK)