23rd Annual RIMS Conference: 31 May - 2 June 2018, Amsterdam
 
SIG'S

On Thursday 31 May, RIMS' Special Interest Groups will meet. Conference attendees are invited to attend one of the SIG meetings. The meetings are free of charge, but registration is mandatory.

The Special Interest Groups aim to promote research and improve the management of persons with MS and their caregivers. 

Traditionally, intensive “in-between” meetings of 1,5 to 2 days take place between RIMS's Annual Conference Meetings.

During “in- between” SIG meetings at one of the member centres across Europe, there are scientific and clinical presentations on a chosen topic as well as free presentations. A clinical or practical session (e.g. patient cases, demonstration of technology; visit to a centre) is sometimes also organised. 

There are currently 6 SIGs:
  • Mobility
  • Occupation, 
  • Psychology& Neuropsychology, 
  • Bladder, Bowel & Sexuality 
  • Communication & Swallowing 
  • Patient Autonomy
SIG Mobility 

Preliminary programme:

1) 16:00 – 16:30 General information & SIG Mobility chairmen election (SIG Mobility chairs)

2) 16:30 – 17:00 Spasticity in MS – introduction (Speaker TBC)

3) 17:00 – 18:00 Spasticity in MS – panel discussion (Moderator Paul van Asch, panel composition: neurologist, rehabilitation clinical PT. Panelists TBC)

4) 18:00 – 19:00 Practical session; adapted fitness boxing in sitting position (Anders Romberg)


SIG Occupation 

Preliminary programme:


Part 1
Chairs: Sofie Ferdinand, Jelka Jansa

1) 16:00 - 16:15  Welcome & Introduction
                            By: Sofie Ferdinand,  National MS Centre, Melsbroek & Jelka Jansa, UMCL, Ljubljana 

2) 16:15  – 16:40 Guideline for Occupational therapy in MS 
                             By: Isaline Eijssen; VUmc Amsterdam

3) 16:40 -17:05    Synergies between OT research & OT practice 
                             By: Andrea Weise, University of Applied Sciences, Zurich

4) 17:05 - 17:30   MS and work 
                             By: Tamara Bijleveld-Coene, Coaching for Chronically ill, MSVN

17:30 - 17:45        Break

Part 2
Chairs: Daphne Kos, Jelka Jansa

5) 17:45 - 18:20   Perspectives on Long Term Care among People with Multiple Sclerosis
                             By:  Marcia Finlayson, Queen's University, Ontario

6) 18:20 - 18:30   Characteristics  of Upper Limb Rehabilitation in MS 
                             By: Inger Grethe Løyning, MS Center Hakadal

7) 18:30 -18:40     The patient pathway into MS hospitals in Denmark - managing goal setting in 4 domain areas 
                              By: Lene Munch Kallmayer and Heidi Marie Visby Jacobsen, MS Hospitals in Denmark

8) 18:40 -19:00     Discussion &  final remarks 


SIG Psychology & Neuropsychology 

Preliminary programme:

1) 16:00 – 16:15 Welcome and Round of introduction

2) 16:15 – 17:00 Presentations (recent reviews) and discussion
  • What is new in MS Fatigue and rehabilitation
  • What is new in MS Cognition and rehabilitation
  • What is new in MS psychology and rehabilitation
3) 17:00 – 17:45 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • ACT in practice and research (Kenneth Pakenham) 
4) 17:45 – 18:00 Discussion

Future tasks:
  • Development of a sexual manual like our cognitive manual 
  • Next inbetween

5) 18:00 – 19:00 Shared Meeting with SIG Autonomy

  • ComPact – Comprehensive assessment of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Italian-Germany-Spain)

SIG Bladder, Bowel & Sexuality

Sexual dysfunction and rehabilitation approach:
- management in the MS centers
- presentations of questionnaire draft to study the sexual dysfunction in European MS centers

SIG Communication & Swallowing 


Preliminary programme:

1) 16:00 - 16:15 General information

2) 16:15 - 17:00 Discussion on multipdisciplinairy approach of communication and swallowing in different phases of MS

3) 17:00 - 17:45 Case report - beginning MS

4) 17:45 - 18:30 Case report - advanced MS

5) 18:30 - 19:00 Organisational aspects


SIG Patient Autonomy 

Preliminary programme:

1) 16:00 - 16:15 Welcome and Introduction 

2) 16:15 - 18:00 Project updates (from 18:00-19:00 together with SIG Psychology) 

  • MANTRA – managing the transition in MS (Italian-German project
  • European Palliative care in MS guideline (Italian-German lead)
  • UMIMS – Understanding MR imaging in MS (German-Benelux, Norway)
  • WEMOMS – webbased decision aid motherhood choice (Italian-German project)
  • ComPact – Comprehensive assessment of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Italian-German)

Perspectives: AUTOMS – RIKNO revision


More detailed information on the other SIG Meetings (topics, agenda, speakers) at the RIMS Conference will become available in the coming months.