Annual RIMS Conference: May 4-6, 2023

Teaching Courses

We are organising three teaching courses in the margins of the RIMS Annual Conference. .

Please note:

  • The Teaching courses will take place on Thursday 4 May from 11:00 to 15:00.

  • The Teaching Course Registration includes lunch.

  • It is not obligatory to purchase an Annual Conference Registration to be able to register for a Teaching Course. Please follow the flow on the Registration module here.

Italian accreditation will be requested for the Italian participants to the Teaching Courses

CME credits will be assigned by the provider FISM n. 5599 to all those who have attended for a minimum of 90% of the educational hours. Italian participants will need to sign in at the entrance and at the exit for ECM credits and must remember to hand in the personal information sheet, the evaluation form and the written test at the end of the meeting at the registration desk.


 Registration fees

EUR excl VAT

(EUR incl 22% VAT)

Early bird registration fee

Until March 6, 2023

Regular registration fee

March 7 until April 28, 2023

Late registration fee

As of April 29, 2023

RIMS members


(€109,80 incl VAT)


(€122,00 incl VAT)


(€146,40 incl VAT)

non-RIMS members


(€146,40 incl VAT)


(€158,60 incl VAT)


(€183,00 incl VAT)

Teaching course I: Virtual Reality and Robotics to Restore Abilities in MS

The use of technologies in MS rehabilitation is continuously growing. In particular, the use of virtual reality, soft robotics (i.e. exoskeleton) and robotics has gained much and much more interest in the researchers and clinicians community. In this teaching courses we will have theoretical and “hands on” session that will cover “around the corner” ready to be used technologies and a look to the future for devices that will help healthcare professionals in delivering effective rehab to people with MS.

Course Coordinator: Giacinto Barresi

Venue: Italian Institute of Technology


10:45 - 11:00 | Registration

11:00 - 11:10 |Welcome and introduction - Venue presentation and activities (Prof. Barresi)

11:10 - 11:25 | Keynote 1

  • Rehabilitation Technologies  (Prof. De Michieli)

11:25 - 11:40 | Keynote 2

  • Virtual and Mixed Reality (Prof. Barresi)

11:40 - 11:55 | Keynote 3

  • Wearable Soft Robotics (Prof. Ortiz)

11:55 - 12:15 | Discussion

12:15 - 13:00 | Lunch Break

Practical session with the demos:

13:00 - 13:30 | Practical Session 1

  • Virtual and Mixed Reality (Prof. Boccardo, Prof Storchi)

13:30 - 14:30 | Practical Session 2

  • Upper Limb Exoskeletons (Prof. Buccelli)
  • Lower Limb Exoskeletons (Prof. Vassallo)
  • Exosuits (Prof. Ortiz)

14:30 - 15:00 | Discussion

15:00 - 15:20 | Conclusions and Italian CME accreditation


Teaching course II: Physical Activity and Sport in MS

Physical activity is a promising tool for treatment of several symptoms of MS, including motor, cognitive and psychosocial deficits. Due to the early onset of MS, often affecting young people, sports may play a crucial role to increase compliance, adherence, and overall efficacy of the intervention. In this teaching course, recent initiatives aiming at braking down boundaries limiting sports activity in MS will be illustrated and theoretical and practical interactive sessions on inclusive, accessible, personalized and adapted sports activity will be held.

Course Coordinator: Marco Bove & Ludovico Pedullà

Venue: University of Genoa


10:45 -  11:00 | Registration

11:00 - 12:00 | Keynotes and discussion

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Keynote I
  • Keynote II
  • Keynote III
  • Discussion

12:00 - 13:00 | Interactive Lunch

13:00 - 13:45 | Practical Session 1 + 2 (parallell)

13:55 - 14:40 | Practical Session 1 + 2 (parallell)

14:40 - 15:00 | Discussion

15:00 - 15:20 | Conclusions and Italian CME accreditation


Teaching course III: Clinical and Instrumental Aspects in the Rehabilitation Management of Bladder and Bowel Disorders in MS.

Pelvic floor disorders are among the most common symptoms in MS patients. The treatments evolved in recent years, especially by introducing the use of new technologies (biofeedback and the use static platform, like the WII balance Board, in order to reproduce an ecological environment). Early and specific treatments of these disorders are crucial in order to increase quality of life , facilitate social interaction, being MS mostly a disease of young adults. In this teaching course we will have the opportunity to understand theoretically and with practical sessions how, in a multidisciplinary approach, we can deliver effective rehabilitation treatments using also new technologies.

Course Coordinator: Margherita Monti Bragadin, Marco Della Cava, Sara Rinaldi

Venue: Italian MS Society


10:45 -  11:00 | Registration

11:00 - 11:10 | Welcome and Introduction

11:10 - 12:10 | Urodynamics in MS, Canepa Transanal irrigation in MS, Frasca

12:10 - 12:25 | Discussion

12:25 - 13:25 | Practical session 1

  • Urodynamics: Study interpretation and Rehabilitation Implications in MS, Canepa (GROUP A)
  • Transanal Irrigation and Ultrasound Evaluation of Effectiveness, Frasca (GROUP B)

13:25 - 14:15 | Lunch

14:15 - 15:15 | Practical session 2

  • Urodynamics: Study interpretation and Rehabilitation Implications in MS, Canepa (GROUP B)
  • Transanal Irrigation and Ultrasound Evaluation of Effectiveness, Frasca (GROUP A)

15:15 - 15:20 | Conclusions and Italian CME accreditation