Scientific Programme 28th Annual Meeting - Digital Edition

The 28th Annual Meeting Scientific Committee established an inspiring and high-quality scientific programme* on the topic "The role of envirmonmental factors in MS".

The timing of the programme is adjusted to accommodate the digital character of the Annual Meeting.

Check out the 32 different lecture topics that will be covered in 8 sessions, spread over 5 consecutive evenings:

  • Updates in epidemiology
  • Microbiota
  • Pollution
  • Infections
  • Vitamin D
  • Other environmental factors
  • Do environmental factors modulate disease evolution?
  • Environment and treatment

Download the full programme as pdf.

* Changes to the programme may apply.
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Title Location
17:00 - 17:45
XXVIII Annual Meeting Opening lecture: The causes of Multiple Sclerosis
Prof Dr Alberto Ascherio
17:45 - 19:15
Session I - Updates in epidemiology
Oscar Fernández
17:45 Methodological Bias in epidemiological studies
Dr Kjetil Bjornevik
18:05 Investigating the environmental risk factors: the lesson from Parkinson's disease
Prof Dr Yoav Ben-Shlomo
18:25 Geographic distribution of MS and migration studies
Dr Dalia Rotstein
18:45 Gene environment interactions in MS
Prof Tomas Olsson
19:05 Interactive Q&A Session I
19:15 - 20:00
Satellite Symposium - Merck
20:00 - 20:30
ACTRIMS Lecture: Update on McDonald Criteria for MS diagnosis. Is it time for a revision?
Prof Dr Jeffrey Cohen
Title Location
15:30 - 17:00
Poster Viewing Sessions I & II: Basic Studies & Treatment I
17:00 - 18:30
Session II - Microbiota
Prof Dr Krzysztof Selmaj
17:00 An introduction to the gut microbiota
Prof Dr Laure Bindels
17:20 Microbioma and immune system
Prof Dr Hartmut Wekerle
17:40 Epidemiological studies of the gut microbiota and Multiple Sclerosis
Prof Dr Helen Tremlett
18:00 Human interventional studies
Prof Dr Ralf Gold
18:20 Interactive Q&A Session II
18:30 - 19:15
Satellite Symposium - Novartis
19:15 - 20:45
Session III - Pollution
Prof Dr Alexey Boyko
19:15 Epidemiological evidences of the role of air pollution in MS
Prof Dr Roberto Bergamaschi
19:35 Smoking and organic solvents in the context of MS risk genes in relation to risk of MS
Prof Dr Lars Alfredsson
19:55 Is smoke influencing the risk of MS?
Prof Dr Kjell-Morten Myhr
20:15 Effects of smoke on immune system: implications for MS
Dr Cinthia Farina
20:35 Interactive Q&A Session III
Title Location
15:30 - 17:00
Poster Viewing Session III & IV: Investigations & Treatment II
17:00 - 18:30
Session IV - Infections
Per Soelberg Sørensen
17:00 Is EBV present in the MS brain? Yes
Dr Francesca Aloisi
17:20 Is EBV present in the MS brain? No
Hans Lassmann
17:40 HERV-W role in MS
Hans-Peter Hartung
18:00 Covid-19 and MS
Gavin Giovannoni
18:20 Interactive Q&A Session IV
18:30 - 19:15
Satellite Symposium - Roche
19:15 - 20:45
Session V - Vitamin D
Gilles Edan
19:15 Epidemiological studies
Dr Kassandra Munger
19:35 How vitamin D impacts on the immune system in MS
Dr Anne Astier
19:55 Interventional studies
Prof Trygve Holmøy
20:15 Clinical trials of effects of vitamin D in RRMS
Prof Dr Eric Thouvenot
20:35 Interactive Q&A Session V
Title Location
15:30 - 17:00
Poster Viewing Session V & VI: Clinical I & Epidemiology I
17:00 - 18:30
Session VI - Other environmental factors
Patrick Vermersch
17:00 Salt
Prof Dr David Hafler
17:20 Alcohol
Prof Dr Melinda Magyari
17:40 Concussion in adolescence, other causes of CNS inflammation, and subsequent MS risk
Prof Dr Scott Montgomery
18:00 Stress
Prof Dr Anthony Feinstein
18:20 Interactive Q&A Session VI
18:30 - 19:15
Satellite Symposium - Sanofi Genzyme
19:15 - 20:45
Session VII - Do environmental factors modulate disease evolution?
Maria Trojano
19:15 RIS/CIS
Dr Susana Otero
19:35 Relapsing remitting and progressive MS
Prof. Maria Pia Amato
19:55 Role of environmental comorbidities
Prof Dr Ruth Ann Marrie
20:15 Environmental factors in progressive MS
Dr Marianna Cortese
20:35 Interactive Q&A Session VII
Title Location
15:30 - 17:00
Poster Viewing Session VII & VIII: Clinical II & Epidemiology II
17:00 - 17:45
Satellite Symposium - MS in the 21st Century
17:45 - 19:15
Session VIII - Environment and treatment
Xavier Montalban
17:45 Effects of environmental factors on response of DMTs
Prof Dr Fredrik Piehl
18:05 Impact of DMTs on the risk of infection
Prof Dr Sven Meuth
18:25 How to handle the risk of infections
Dr Lucia Moiola
18:45 Can diet be considered a treatment of MS?
Prof Dr Ellen M. Mowry
19:05 Interactive Q&A Session VIII
19:15 - 20:00
Satellite Symposium - Celgene/BMS
20:00 - 20:45
Young Investigator Award & concluding remarks