Annual RIMS Conference: May 4-6, 2023

Special Interest Group Meetings

An overview of the programme of the SIG meetings will follow soon.

Admittance to a SIG is complimentary to all Conference Delegates, but pre-registration is mandatory.
It is obligatory to purchase an Annual Conference Registration to be able to register for a SIG Meeting.

Special Interest Group Meeting in detail:

Bladder, Bowel & Sexuality + Patient Autonomy

Patient Autonomy: a key factor in the context of Bowel, Bladder and Sexuality problems.

This joint meeting aims to discuss patient empowerment in the Bowel, Bladder, and Sexuality field, and to exchange on awareness and knowledge of healthcare professionals involved in MS care.

TBC | Patient empowerment & Bowel, Bladder and Sexuality in MS and other pathologies (2 key lectures TBC)

TBC | Break

TBC | Group work: the use of Bladder check tool to increase patient autonomy

TBC | Discussion

TBC | Conclusions

(The programme  may be subject to changes)


Communication & Swallowing

16:00 - 16:05 | Welcome and brief introduction – Leena-Maria Heikkola (Chair), Hans Bogaardt (Co-chair)

16:05 - 16:50 | Lecture "Treatment of communication disorders in PwMs: where do we stand?" – Leena Maria Heikkola

16:50 - 17:40 | Workshop: "Measuring disease impact on communication and swallowing in PwMS"- Hans Bogaardt

17:40 - 18:10 | Break

18:10 - 18:50 | Interactive discussion: “Setting a research agenda for communication and swallowing disorders in MS: the role of the RIMS SIG and its members”

18:50 - 19:00 | Closing remarks



Cognitive-motor interference during walking in persons with Multiple Sclerosis: Assessment and Rehabilitation.

16:00 - 16:05 | Welcome and brief introduction - Carme Santoyo (Chair), Lousin Moumdjian (Co-chair)

16:05 - 16:50 | Lecture "Cognitive-motor interference during walking in persons with Multiple Sclerosis: Assessment and Rehabilitation" - Prof Peter Feys

16:50 - 17:40 | Workshop: "Assessing and training yourself, using the CMI-APP developed by an interdisciplinary group and applied in Flanders,  Finland, Italy and Israel"- Peter Feys, Mieke D'Hooge, Zuhal Abasiyanik and Panel

17:40 - 18:10 | Break

18:10 - 18:50 | Interactive panel discussion and Q/A - Peter Feys, Mieke D'Hooge, Zuhal Abasiyanik, Ludovico Pedulla, Andrea Tachino, Alon Kalron

18:50 - 19:00 | Closing remarks

(The programme  may be subject to changes)




16:00 - 16:15 | Welcome and brief introduction - Inger Grethe Loyning (Chair), Sofie Ferdinand (Co-chair)

16:15 - 16:30 | Update on newly started study

16:30 - 19:00 | Center /  Institution presentations by the participants

  • Discussion / Interactive session on topic "Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation"
  • Including break

(The programme  may be subject to changes)


Psychology & Neuropsychology

Exploring the other side of MS care: the informal caregiver

AISM and its foundation (FISM) actively protect the collective interest and take care of caregivers of PwMS to reduce caregiver burden and leverage positive adaptations. In this view, the objective of this meeting is to bring together researchers and clinicians to discuss about the role of informal caregivers of PwMS, focusing on their (un)met needs and key factors who may affect their caregiving role. After a general introduction of the role of caregiver in MS, speakers will share clinical cases and/or latest results from their studies. A video clip with a caregiver sharing his/her personal experience will be shown. After that there will be an interactive discussion.. 

16:00 - 16:30 | General introduction and group activity

16:30 - 17:30 | Speakers’ presentation (TBA)

17:30 - 18:00 | Break

18:30 - 19:00 | Video and interactive panel discussion

(The programme  may be subject to changes)