IMSCOGS 2018

International Multiple Sclerosis Cognition Society

The International Multiple Sclerosis Cognition Society (IMSCOGS) promotes research about cognition in MS.
It is a point of contact and information for all researchers and health professionals interested in MS cognition.

IMSCOGS Annual Meeting 2020

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Due to the global COVID-19 (Corona virus) pandemic, IMSCOGS announced on June 25, 2020, that it has no choice but to make the necessary decision to cancel the IMSCOGS 2020 annual meeting, previously planned for November 13, 2020.

Uncertainty about the development of the epidemic situation and travel restrictions in the coming months, led the executive board to take this decision. IMSCOGS plans to hold its annual meeting in 2021 at a date and venue yet to be determined.

 

Sincerely

Prof. B. Brochet, President IMSCOGS

President`s Post March 2020

Prof. Bruno Brochet

MD, Professor of Clinical Neurology, Head of Department of Neurology CHU Pellegrin, 33076 Bordeaux Cedex, France (Professeur des Universités -Praticien Hospitalier, Exceptionnel class)

In these difficult times, we are all going through, the health and well-being of people living with multiple sclerosis must be preserved. The MS societies have made recommendations for management and precautions. Two dimensions, although essential, are rarely mentioned: the psychological and emotional dimension and cognitive difficulties. These are the usual research and care themes of the IMSCOGS. 

The current situation can be a source of great anxiety for people with multiple sclerosis. The consequences of treatments on immunity, difficulties in accessing home help and caregiver availability, and rehabilitation suspensions are a source of concern for our patients. Confinement, which is necessary and recommended, and isolation can aggravate emotional suffering. It is possible to provide remote support by answering questions, alleviating concerns and offering, if possible, the remote intervention of specialized professionals. The existence of cognitive problems can make it difficult to understand the situation, its complexity and the constraints it imposes. People with cognitive difficulties related to multiple sclerosis may require special support at this time.

There is a groundswell of development of telemedicine approaches to clinical care in the works, and many neuropsychologists, are making themselves available for telemedicine.

Good courage to everyone and take care of yourself too.

 

Prof B Brochet

IMSCOGS President on behalf of the Executive Board