• RIMS Fall 2014 - Abstract submission for RIMS annual conference 2015 now open

    Dear RIMS members, health professionals and researchers with an interest in MS rehabilitation,

    The 20th Aannual RIMS Cconference will take place in Milan, Italy on April 10-11th 2015. Local organization is provided by the Italian MS Society AISM/FISM (Prof. M.A. Battaglia) and Foundation C. Besta (Dr. A. Solari). Pre-conference workshops will take place on 9th April at San Raffaele Hospital (Drs. L. Leocani and M.A. Rocca), Foundation Don C. Gnocchi (Drs. M. Rovaris, D. Cattaneo, and J. Josdottir) and Foundation C. Besta institute (Dr. A. Solari).

  • ECTRIMS Multiple Sclerosis Nurse Training Fellowship Programme - Deadline!


    Application Deadline: 1 February 2015

    ECTRIMS is pleased to announce its new fellowship programme for nurses:   

    "ECTRIMS Multiple Sclerosis Nurse Training Fellowship Programme"

    This fellowship is offered to qualified/licensed nurses to provide the opportunity for them to obtain additional expertise through practical nursing experience and training in a mentored MS environment in Europe.

    The aim of the programme is to enhance care and support of individuals with MS by fostering improved clinical care and education and by helping to promote best practices in nursing care throughout Europe. ECTRIMS will support up to three fellowships each year, each with duration of 6 months to 1 year, with a stipend of up to €50,000. Training must be under the direction and mentorship of a senior MS nurse, in association with a senior MS clinician where appropriate, at a European clinical site with significant expertise in MS.

    Details about the ECTRIMS Multiple Sclerosis Nurse Training Fellowship Programme and application material can be obtained from the ECTRIMS website: www.ectrims.eu/fellowships or by writing to the ECTRIMS Fellowship Administrator: fellowship@ectrims.eu

  • RIMS Fall 2014 - Abstract submission for RIMS annual conference 2015 now open

    Dear RIMS members, health professionals and researchers with an interest in MS rehabilitation, 

    The 20th Aannual RIMS Cconference will take place in Milan, Italy on April 10-11th 2015. Local organization is provided by the Italian MS Society AISM/FISM (Prof. M.A. Battaglia) and Foundation C. Besta (Dr. A. Solari). Pre-conference workshops will take place on 9th April at San Raffaele Hospital (Drs. L. Leocani and M.A. Rocca), Foundation Don C. Gnocchi (Drs. M. Rovaris, D. Cattaneo, and J. Josdottir) and Foundation C. Besta institute (Dr. A. Solari).

    Please visit the conference website www.rims2015-milan.com for information on the preliminary program and on abstract submission.

    • The theme of the conference is ‘translational research and patient-centered outcomes’ which will be addressed by key note lectures and parallel seminars.
    • We encourage you to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentations. Abstract submission guidelines (deadline December 30th) can be found on the conference website. Accepted abstracts will be published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal.
    • CME accreditation will be provided.

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    RIMS continues its bursary program for delegates from Eastern- Europe; who may experience a financial burden to participate to the conference. 500 Euros are allocated for free registration and contribution towards for accommodation/travel expenses. To be eligible for this bursaryprogram, active conference participation (i.e. one or more accepted abstracts) is required as well as 2015 RIMS membership.

    Contact: secretariat@eurims.org

     We look forward to meet you in Milan!

  • RIMS annual conference 2015

    For information on the next RIMS annual conference, please click HERE

  • 19th Annual RIMS Conference in Brighton - Best platform & poster presentation winners 2014


    PLATFORM PRESENTATIONS

    1. Jon Marsden, UK
      Effect of localised lower limb warming and cooling on neuromuscular impairments and functional ability
    2. LJM Blikman, NL
      How does MS affect physical behaviour: a comparison with healthy controls.
    3. Robens, UK
      Social isolation amongst severely impaired people with MS: choice, control and identity


    POSTER PRESENTATIONS

    1. Paul Taylor, UK
      A comparison of external and implanted FES for correction of dropped foot in MS
    2. Sacha Köpke, G
      Information provision for people with Ms: a Cochrane Review
    3. Samuel sanchez-Pous, Spain
      Adherence to and satisfaction with mobility device prescription in MS
  • Watch an update on data presented at RIMS session (ECTRIMS 2013) - A PeerVoice online activity endorsed by euRIMS

    Rehabilitation, both physical and neuropsychological, is one of the most important aspects of multiple sclerosis (MS) management and a key way to influence outcomes in our patients, beyond pharmacotherapy. Recent advances have allowed us to fine-tune our methods and our assessment tools for rehabilitation in MS. “Beyond Pharmaceuticals: Improving Physical and Mental Function in People With MS” is an educational activity that highlights recent data on this topic presented at the joint 29th Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis and 18th Annual Conference of Rehabilitation in MS (ECTRIMS/RIMS 2013).

    Keeping abreast of these updates and integrating these new strategies into our practice may allow us to delay physical and neuropsychological dysfunction in this population. Join our expert speakers—Jürg Kesselring, MD, Peter Feys, PhD, Päivi Hämäläinen, PhD, and Ulrik Dalgas, PhD—as we take a closer look at these recent advances and how they may impact our practice.

    Watch this activity now (link through to online programme - www.peervoice.com/h4/pvs55)

  • RIMS Annual Report 2013 available now!

                                             Please find the annual report of RIMS activities in 2013 here!!

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  • Report SIG Occupation meeting - Brighton June 7th 2014 available!

    The report is available on the website in the SIG Occupation section - 'meeting programs & reports'.

    Click here to go immediately to the reports page!

  • Preliminary programme for SIG Mobility fall meeting launched!

    The preliminary programme for SIG Mobility fall meeting, entitled "Challenges in physical rehabilitation - integrating qualitative and quantitative approaches" - has been launched.

    You can find the programme on the Bergen meeting event page in the conferences section on our website or click HERE to see the programme immediately.

    We also uploaded a MEETING FLYER onto the registration page, click HERE to go immediately to the Bergen conference page. Once on the page you need to click the "REGISTER" button on the left top of the page to go to the online registration form.


    Go directly to the online registration form!

  • RIMS CONFERENCE 2014 coming up!

    We cordially invite you to attend the 19th annualRIMSconference that will take place in Brighton, UK in June 6-7th2014 with pre-conference master classes at The National Hospital for Neuroscience & Neurosurgery, Queens Square (NHNNS) London on June 5th. The theme of the conference is “Supporting Behaviour Change: linking science to clinical practice”. There will be plenary presentations, poster and platform presentations (total of 98) as well as plenty of parallel seminars.

    Local organizer of this conference is the MS Trust in partnership with the University College London (UCL) Hospitals (NHNNS Queen Square). The abstract submission and registration details as well as the preliminary program is available via our website/conferences or directly on http://www.rims2014.org.

    The program can also be found here. Don’t hesitate to forward this information to all your colleagues.

  • ONLINE PAYMENT BACK AVAILABLE!!!

    We are happy to announce that the online payment with VISA - Mastercard & Bancontact is back available as of today monday 17th of march. We apologise for all the inconvenience of the past weeks and thank you for your patience. Those who tried the online registration during this period and still want to use the online payment instead of the bank transfer, please do send an email to our webmaster with the request to remove previous registration attempts in order to free your email address for a new registration attempt.

    The RIMS administration

    Go directly to the RIMS registration page

  • Post-doctoral researcher position in MS research in Ireland

    The University of Limerick, Clinical Therapies Department is recruiting a post doctoral researcher for a Health Research Board (HRB) funded project entitled “Enhancing Physical Activity Behaviour in People with Multiple Sclerosis”.
    The project is a collaboration between Dr Susan Coote and Prof Rob Motl (University of Illinois).
    For further information please click here, and see http://www.ul.ie/hrvacancies/ or e-mail susan.coote@ul.ie.

  • 'Call for abstracts' OPEN for the SIG Mobility Meeting, Bergen (No), september 2014

    "Challenges in physical rehabilitation in MS – integrating qualitative and quantitative approaches"

    Local organiser: Tori Smedal

    Deadline: April the 15th 2014.

    Please submit abstracts to: tori.smedal@helse-bergen.no and anders.romberg@ms-liitto.fi

    For practical arrangements, please contact: the local organizer.

    For more information, check our conference pages. To go directly to the conference page for this meeting, click HERE

  • RIMS online payment unavailable till further notice!

    UPDATE 31/01/2014 :

    The online payment is not available at this moment due to technical problems. We are working hard to fix this problem but the application will probably be unavailable for about a week (until februari 7th 2014)!Please do accept our apoligies for this inconvenience and recheck this page regularly during the coming week!

    The RIMS administration

  • 19th annual RIMS conference, 6-7 june 2014, Brighton UK

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    We are pleased to announce that Europe's biggest conference on rehabilitation in MS conference will come to the UK next June, jointly hosted by the MS Trust and the UCLH MS Team at Queen Square.

    The 19th annual RIMS (Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis) conference will take place from 6–7th June at the Brighton Hilton Metropole. The theme is Supporting behaviour change: linking science to clinical practice.

    Keynote speakers will include Professor Alan Thompson from the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery on The future for rehabilitation in MS and Dr Jared Bruce from the University of Missouri on Factors influencing behaviour change.

    There will be also a wide range of seminars, personal perspectives and a poster exhibition.

    This year, RIMS is offering a unique opportunity for a limited number of delegates to attend an MS Masterclass at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Queen Square, London. This gives our European colleagues an opportunity to visit one of the world’s premiere MS services, leading the development of new treatments and interventions for multiple sclerosis at all stages of the disease.

    Bookings open at 1:00pm on Monday 4 November. For booking details, a draft programme and the call for abstracts see www.rims2014.org.

    Download our flyer HERE.

  • RIMS Grant Program: Call 2013

    RIMS will award a project proposal regarding best practice and/or research in rehabilitation with 10.000 euro’s. A consortium consisting of RIMS members of at least three countries can apply before January 14th. Click here for more information

  • RIMS - ECTRIMS 2013 & looking ahead

    Dear RIMS member,
    Dear health care professional/researcher with an interest in MS rehabilitation

    This newsletters provides information on

    1. RIMS Conference 2013 & on-line library
    2. RIMS Grant program 2013
    3. RIMS Projects – interaction
    4. RIMS Conference 2014 : registration opens
    5. Partnerships
    6. SIG In-Between Meetings 2014
    7. RIMS on LinkedIn: welcome!
    8. Financial Support
  • Final programme Joint SIG meeting Limerick available!

    Dear colleague / Dear RIMS member,

    We are pleased to launch the final program of the RIMS SIG on Mobility and Education joint in-between meeting to be held in Limerick Ireland the 7th and 8th June. Hopefully it meets your expectations with stimulating presentations covering versatile perspectives in the promotion of exercise and physical activity in persons with MS.

    Please go to the conferences section on our website or click HERE to open the conference page immediately.

    Looking forward to meet you soon in Limerick.

    With kind regards

    Anders Romberg, Chair SIG on Mobility
    Paul Van Asch, Co-chair SIG on Mobility

  • Preliminary program SIG Occupation in Fraiture (BE) added.

    The preliminary program for the SIG Occupation meeting in Fraiture, Belgium on the 26th & 27th of april has been added.3
    Please check the meeting details in the 'conferences' section on the website or click the link below to access the program document directly.

    Preliminary program

  • Final program SIG Psychology & Neuropsychology meeting added - Ljubljana, Slovenia

    The final program of the upcoming event (19/04/2013) has been added. Please check the "conferences" section on the website or click on the link below to go directly to the details page.

    Event details

  • Updated information on the joint meeting SIG Mobility & Education - Limerick, Ireland

    The information on the joint meeting has been updated as well as the attached documents. The preliminary program and abstract submission form have been added.
    Please check the "conferences" section on the website or click the link below to go directly to the event details.

    Joint meeting details

  • Updated information on the Serono Symposio meeting "Receptorship on rehabilitation in MS" in Valens, Switzerland

    The information on meeting has been updated as well as the attached documents. The preliminary programme was updated and a weblink for more information has been added.
    Please check the "conferences" section on the website or click the link below to go directly to the event details.

    Meeting details

  • Pictures and report of in-between meeting SIG Communication & Swallowing in Venice (2013)

    The report of the meeting and some pictures of the event can now be found on the website. Please click on the links below to go directly to the documents or visite our conferences and multimedia section.

    Report   |   Pictures

     

  • Serono Symposia International Foundation Conference, Rome [5-6/04/2013]

    Organisator: Serono Symposia International Foundation

    Conference on April 5-6th 2013 in Rome

    Topic: Adherence to treatment in chronic diseases: focusing on diabetis, growth disorders and multiple sclerosis.

    Serono Symposia International Foundation is honoured to organize a second conference on the theme of “Adherence to treatment in chronic diseases: focusing on diabetes, growth disorders and multiple sclerosis” continuing its tradition of supporting patient care through dedicated medical education for healthcare professionals. This symposium aims to discuss recent achievements in managing the different aspects of adherence to treatment in chronic conditions, such as diabetes, growth disorders and multiple sclerosis, and it will also provide participants with the best solutions for optimizing patient care in their daily clinical practice.

     

    Click here for more details

  • SIG Occupation meeting - Fraiture (BE) [26-27/04/2013]

    Dear colleagues,

    We are very pleased to invite you to the next in-between meeting of SIG Occupation in Fraiture (Belgium) on April 26-27 2013. Please find enclosed further details of the meeting.

    May we remind you that RIMS members will have free attendance, dinner and 1 night accommodation covered by RIMS. Travel expenses are for your own account.

    Hope to meeting you in Fraiture!

      

    Daphne Kos,
    Chair SIG Occupation
    Tarja Huilla,
    Co-chair SIG Occupation
    Stéphanie Remy,
    Local organisor

     

     

    Click here for more details

  • Next SIG Mobility & Occupation meeting 2012

    The next SIG Mobility meeting will be held in Milan on the 9th - 10th of November 2012.

    Overall topic : “The use of clinical approaches and advanced technology systems for maximizing the effects of rehabilitation”

    Local organizers : Davide Cattaneo & Johanna Jonsdottir ( Don Gnocchi Foundation )

    For more information click HERE or check the conferences page.

  • World MS Day 2012

    The World MS day 2012 is coordinated by the International MS Federation (MSIF) and takes place at May 30th. Its theme is ‘Living with MS’.
    More information on how to be part of the campaign, please visit the website www.worldmsday.org.

  • Presentations RIMS Conference Hamburg, 2012

    A collection of powerpoint presentations presented at the recent annual RIMS conference in Hamburg have been made available on the website.
    Click on the ZIP icon to download a .zip file containing all available presentations or click the PDF icon to get an overview of the presentations with the appropriate link to view online.

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  • Annual Conference 2012 Winners

    During the Annual RIMS Conference 2012, prizes were awarded for the three best posters and platform presentations.

    Best poster presentations:

    1. P03-3, I. Wens, Hasselt, Belgium
    2. P 09-1, M Zwanzger, Austria
    3. P04--5, K. Kannel, Estonia

    Best Platform presentations:

    1. Motor System: J Stellmann (Neuhaus in program), Germany
    2. RCT 02-4, I Eyssen, Netherlands
    3. Motor System: Ilse Lamers, Hasselt, Belgium

    On the picture, you see the chair Ulrik Dalgas (right) with prize winners (except of M Zwanger).

    Prize Winners 2012 Hamburg Poster and Platform

  • Perceptorship on MS Rehabilitation, september 2012

    RIMS endorses the first “Perceptorship on MS Rehabilitation”, taking place in Valenz (CH) on September 20-22nd nd 2012 and leaded by Prof. Dr. J. Kesselring. The course is part of Serono Simposia alumni program “Perceptorship for Neurologists”.

    Click HERE for more information.

  • Photo albums RIMS Conference, Hamburg 2012

    Overall impressions of 3 Conference days in 4:25 minutes (with Sound):

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    Impressions day by day:

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    RIMS 2012 - Thursday May 30, 2012


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    RIMS 2013 - Friday June 01, 2012


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    RIMS 2012 - Saturday June 02, 2012


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  • Details joint SIG Mobility & Occupation meeting 2012

    Meeting venue: Don Gnocchi Foundation, Via Capecelatro 66, Milan

    Accommodation: Hotel Montebianco - www.hotelmontebianco.com

    Afternoon/Evening Flight Arrival to Malpensa(50’ train (Malpensa Express) or Linate (Bus or taxi to Milan) or Orio al Serio, Bergamo (Bus to Milan, Central Station) or Train arrival to Central Station (Metro).

    From 19,30 – Welcome Drink and Pizza(Hotel Montebianco– to be confirmed)

    For more details, meeting leaflet, meeting program and registration form please check the conferences on the website or click HERE.

  • Details MS Trust annual conference 2012

    The MS Trust Annual Conference is a unique event specifically for generalist and specialist health and social care professionals working with people with MS. The cost to attend is 690 GBP, this price includes access to the academic sessions and exhibition, 2 nights accommodation and all meals.

    Further details and a full conference programme are available on the MS Trust website or check the conferences section on the RIMS website (details MS Trust annual conference 2012).

  • Details in-between meeting SIG Bladder, bowel & sexual disorders

    Dear RIMS member,
    Dear Colleague with interest in MS Bladder, Bowel and Sexual dysfunctions issues,
    The next SIG Bladder, Bowel and Sexual dysfunctions meeting of RIMS will take place in Lyon, France 10th October 2012. The aim of the meeting is to gather for discussion, learning, exchange and collaboration.

    Please find the program HERE.

  • Details EMSP-RIMS Winter Conference 2012 (24-25/11)

    Dear RIMS member,
    Dear colleague with an interest in MS rehabilitation

    It is my pleasure to announce that EMSP and RIMS (see www.euRIMS.org) are organising a two-day joint meeting in Prague (CR) on November 24th and 25th 2012. EMSP stands for the European MS Platform, the umbrella organisation for MS Societies, see www.emsp.org.

    Key subjects are linked to the use of social media in our work for/with PwMS (Saturday November 24th ) as well as on-line tools used in specialised rehabilitation programs (Sunday November 25th). You can participate to one or both days. The agenda can be found in attachment.

    This event is primarily directed to MS Societies and existing/potential RIMS members from Central and Eastern Europe countries (or other) with a wish to learn and share experiences both on the patient- and on the health care professional level.

    The number of place is limited to 80 participants in total, coming from EMSP and from RIMS - a “first come-first served” policy will apply. However, if you are aware of a MS professional (individual or clinic representative) who could be interested in this event and in a potential RIMS membership, RIMS would be grateful for your forwarding of this invitation to this person.

    A participation fee of 75,- Euro is asked for the two day event (50 euro for one day), including meals and conference bag. A hotel reservation can be made for 75 euro per night. The by far bigger part of the conference costs is covered by EMSP and RIMS funds.

    You can register yourself by sending the reply form to events@emsp.org. For the hotel booking, which you have to do yourself, low rates are guaranteed until October 15th. Beforehand, it would be appreciated if you could also complete the short online survey:
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Social_Media_in_MS

    We look forward to meeting you end of November in Prague.

    Best regards,

    John Golding
    President EMSP
    Prof. Peter Feys
    President RIMS
    Prof. T. Henze
    RIMS officer

    Note:

    1. Please register at www.euRIMS.org for receiving all newsletters of RIMS.
    2. For a small number of delegates a travel-and accommodation bursary can be provided. Should you be in need for this, please contact our conference organiser Anna Maria Niculescu at events@emsp.org asap.
    3. For the Saturday program, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from three workshops,
      going deeper into
      • the hands-on experiences of the Italian MS Society creating their own social media community
      • awareness and fundraising campaigns in the UK being supported by social media and
      • the stunning opportunities being provided by “Health Apps” - today and tomorrow

    PROGRAM | HOTEL BOOKING FORM

  • RIMS Grant Program, CALL 2012

    RIMS has established a grant program from 2011. The program aims to facilitate collaboration between RIMS members from different centers and countries in the domain of MS rehabilitation.
    Both projects regarding best practice (e.g., development of guidelines or educational programs) and research are welcomed.
    In the present call, two projects will be granted, each of € 5,000.
    The submission form is available below! It should be completed and sent by email to the RIMS Grant Officer by January 20th 2013 (she is also be available for clarification at solari@istituto-besta.it). Only applications involving a minimum of three RIMS members from different institutions of three different countries will be considered. Notification will be given by May 1th 2013, after peer review of submissions by the RIMS Executive Board and by external reviewers.

    Best regards,

    Alessandra Solari, RIMS Grant Officer
    Peter Feys, RIMS president

    SUBMISSION FORM

  • Joint RIMS/ECTRIMS meeting 2013, Copenhagen (DK)

    The 18th annual conference will be joint RIMS-ECTRIMS meeting taking place in Copenhagen (Denmark) between 2 and 5 October 2013. For more information, please visit following website: http://www.congrex.ch/ectrims2013 or check our conference page.

     

  • President's message (January 2012)

    Peter Feys PresidentDear RIMS members
    Dear colleagues with an interest in MS

    First of all, we wish you and your colleagues a good 2012 with satisfaction of your clinical and/or research achievements. From our side, we hope that we will meet and interact to embody our European Network for best Practice and Research. We welcome you to participate to our annual conference and special interest group meetings, as well to the RIMS fellowship and grant programs.

    RIMS Annual Conference

    Next (17th) annual conference of RIMSwill take place in Hamburg, Germany on 31 May-2 June 2012and is organised by Prof. Dr. Christoph Heesen and Prof. Dr. Thomas Henze. The full program and registration options are available on www.rims2012.org.

    • Primary topics are “Shared-Decision Making in MS Rehabilitation” and “Towards Evidence-based Motor System Regeneration”.
    • Secondary topics are “concepts of trial designs” and “patient-reported outcome measures”
  • President's message (July 2012)

    Peter Feys PresidentDear RIMS members
    Dear colleagues with an interest in MS

    From our side, we hope that we will meet and interact to embody our European Network for best Practice and Research. We welcome you to participate to our special interest group meetings, winter event organized with European MS Platform (EMSP), as well to make use of the RIMS fellowship and grant programs.


    New Mission Statement

    A new mission statement was developed by the executive board and approved by the RIMS members during last general assembly meeting in Hamburg.

    Rehabilitation is a highly individualised education and adaptation process to gain maximum activity and participation.

    Mission: We aim to enhance activity, participation and autonomy of people with MS by developing and advocating evidence-based rehabilitation.

    Vision: All people with MS throughout Europe have access to evidence-based rehabilitation when they need it.

    Aims:

    • Raise the profile of rehabilitation in MS and attract the best researchers and practitioners.
    • Improve the understanding of rehabilitation and it’s relevance at every stage of MS.
    • Manage the generation of new evidence on rehabilitation in MS by facilitating interaction between researchers and practitioners.
    • Stimulate the implementation of new and existing evidence-based rehabilitation.
    • Educate and train practitioners to integrate evidence into clinical practice.
  • President's message (December 2012)

    Peter Feys PresidentDear RIMS members
    Dear colleagues with an interest in MS

    2012 was characterized by an updated website, new mission statement, RIMS grant program development and several conferences and meetings. Last November was busy with 3 special interest group meetings (SIG’s; Lyon-Milan-Barcelona) as well as a joint winter conference with our partner organization EMSP in Prague. You find more information on our website (see calendar).

    For 2013, we look forward to new RIMS grant proposals, fellowships, publications and interactive meetings. A snapshot of activities is summarized below. To keep on being informed, please register on our website www.euRIMS.org. Please also consider (renewal of) RIMS membership which provides you benefits. On-line registration is possible via our website.

    Best regards,

    Peter Feys
    RIMS president, on behalf of the executive board and SIG chairs


    RIMS Grant Program (RIGra)

    Two projects on best practice and research in MS Rehabilitation will be granted, each € 5,000, under the condition of collaboration between members from three different countries. Project applications have to be submitted by January 20th 2013 and send to Dr. Alessandra Solari, RIGra coordinator. Please consult our website for application form and details.

  • Report SIG Mobility & Occupation meeting 2012 (Milan)

    The short version report of the Milan meeting has been added to the conference event description or click HERE to go to the report directly.

  • President's message (April 2013)

    Peter Feys President

    Dear RIMS members
    Dear health care professionals with an interest in MS rehabilitation

    This newsletter will inform you on the activities of RIMS in 2013. We welcome you on our annual conference in October 2013 as well beforehand on several meetings of our special interest groups. An overview is provided below, while more details are present on our website www.euRIMS.org. As a RIMS member, you are entitled to reduced (or even free for SIG meetings) registration to these events and other benefits. You can apply for membership on-line on our website.


    RIMS Annual Conference 2013

    The 18th annual conference is a joint RIMS-ECTRIMS conference that will take place in Copenhagen (Denmark) between October 3-5th2013. The final program is available through our webpages. You will notice three sessions organized by the RIMS planning committee entitled

  • President's message (May 2011)

    Dear RIMS members
    Dear colleagues with an interest in MS

    The XVI annual conference 2011 took place in Turku, Finland and enjoyed great success in terms of numbers of delegates (300), quality of presentations and interactive networking. The 20th anniversary of RIMS was celebrated with a historical overview by one of its founders; Dr. P. Ketelaer. The Finnish MS Society was also celebrating its 40th anniversary, so it was a very special occasion.

    We thank the local organizing committee, lead by Dr. J. Ruutiainen, for the tremendous efforts made to make this conference memorable. Prizes for the best poster and platform presentation were given to:

    • Munia Vereecken (OT, Melsbroek, Belgium), ‘In search of an instrument to assess wheelchair driving skills in persons with MS: adaptation and evaluation of “the wheelchair circuit’’.
    • Rita Bertoni (PT, Milan, Italy), ‘Validity of scales rating upper limb in people with MS’

    2011 has been the election year for the executive board.
    Eija Luoto (Masku, Finland) stepped down after 6 years of presidency which has seen the development of many new activities including the fellowship program and the recent RIMS grant program (see also below). Together with the outgoing President, Claudio Solaro (MD / Genoa, Italy), Judith Lutz (MD / Zurich, Switzerland), Ingrid Galan (MD / Barcelona, Spain) and Brita Løvendahl (director / Copenhagen, Denmark) completed their final terms. We thank them for having served for six years, taking care of RIMS and guiding this network for best practice and research in new routes. Vicky Matthews (nurse / London, UK), Thomas Henze (MD / Regensburg, Germany) and Peter Feys (PT / Hasselt, Belgium) continued as executive board members, while 5 others were elected:

    • Vincent de Groot (MD / Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
    • Christoph Heesen (MD / Hamburg, Germany)
    • Allessandra Solari (MD / Milan, Italy)
    • Païvi Hämäläinen (Psychologist / Masku, Finland)
    • Ulrik Dalgas (Sport Scientist, Aarhus, Denmark).

    We would like to invite you to view the ‘administration’ webpage to find out more about your new executive board members.
    Peter Feys was appointed as president, Païvi Hämäläinen as secretary, Vincent de Groot as treasurer and Vicky Matthews as SIG and membership coordinator.

    RiReGra is the new RIMS grant program.
    This program aims to stimulate and facilitate collaboration between members regarding shared best practice networks, implementation of innovation, research projects, multi-center studies, etc.
    Applications can be made when different members from different countries participate, for an amount of 5000 euro maximally. The application process will soon be available on the website with guidance on submission deadlines for grant applications; October 11th and successful application notification before mid February 2012.

    We also very much wish to encourage persons to experience other member centers through the RIMS fellowship program, and to continue strong support for in-between meetings of the special interest groups. Please consult the website of the different SIG’s for information on upcoming events.

    We also have great pleasure in inviting you to view the preliminary program of the 2012 RIMS conference which will take place in Hamburg, Germany on 31 May-2 June 2012. The local committee is Dr. Christoph Heesen and Dr. Thomas Henze. Key themes for the conference are to be “Application of shared decision making in different domains” and “Neurophysiology underlying motor rehabilitation”.

    Check our website for regular updates of the program.

    We very much look forward to working and collaborating with you; on research projects, sharing expertise and exchanging experiences in MS rehabilitation.
    For the coming months, we wish you a great summer with good weather and some enjoyable free time for fun and relaxation.

    Peter Feys,
    President of RIMS

    On behalf of the executive board.

  • President's message (March 2011)

    Dear Members

    RIMS2011 conference is “round the corner”.

    This year, we have been very happy to receive a record number of abstracts for posters and oral presentations. At this phase, we have altogether 50 abstracts listed. The titles include a wide range of topics related to MS. Also, we will have two interesting Satellite Sessions: on Friday New Strategies in Drug Treatment in MS and on Saturday The safety profile of current and emerging MS drugs. In addition to the scientific program, we surely will take some time to have fun together to celebrate RIMS 20-years anniversary.

    Among the social program, we have managed to organize a very special tour on Saturday 14 May , at 17.30 pm, namely a visit to the famous Turku “Kakola” prison. Kakola served as a prison until the new one was opened in September 2007. It was opened in summer 2008 for the general public. Guided tours take the visitors to gloomy segregation cells as well as to prison church. Don’t miss it!

    You are able to find the program and all information regarding the registration and hotel reservation from http://congress.utu.fi/RIMS2011/

    RIMS General Assembly is organised on Friday, May 13th, 2011 at 17.30-18.30 pm at the Congress Venue, Turku ICT House, Joukahaisenkatu 3. In case the quorum is not met, a new General Assembly will be held on Saturday 14th May at 8.00-9.00. The General Assembly on the second date, will be valid regardless of the number of members present or represented by proxy. This time, altogether five Executive Members will leave the board and the elections will take place.

    I look forward to meeting you in Turku, May 13-14 2011. RIMS 2011 and Turku, the European Capital of Culture 2011, surely offer the participants lots to see and experience. For me, it is a very special occasion: after two terms as RIMS President I am stepping down and welcoming the new one – who that will be , we´ll know in Turku!

    Eija Luoto
    RIMS President

  • President's message (January 2011)

    Dear Members

    I wish that the new year has started smoothly with you all.

    RIMS2011 conference is approaching faster than we can imagine. The 16th Annual Conference will be held in Finland, Turku, 13-14 May, 2011. The theme for the conference is Lifelong perspective: Rehabilitation for MS patients with complex needs. You are able to find the program and all information regarding the registration and hotel reservation from http://congress.utu.fi/RIMS2011/

    There will be opportunity to present and discuss original studies and posters and, as already for many years has been done, the best RIMS oral and best RIMS poster will be given awards.

    Abstracts for poster and oral presentations deadline is January 31st 2011. The date for acceptance or rejecton of abstracts is February 28th 2011.

    Registration Early Bird date is 15.2.2011

    Note that a participant with an accepted abstract (poster or oral) will be able to get their registration fee with early bird fee.

    Along the scientific program we have also listed some places of interest. What especially needs to be mentioned, is a guided tour to a very traditional old prison, Turku Kakola which was opened to the audience in summer 2008.

    On Friday afternoon, 13 May, the General Assembly is organized. I am very happy to inform that the founder of RIMS, Dr Pierre Ketelaer from Belgium, will give a short “RIMS history” overview before the official Assembly matters. After that, we have elections for the new Executive Board members. We have altogether five “old” members leaving the Board after their two terms, including myself.

    I am looking forward to meeting you in Turku, May 13-14, 2011. RIMS and Turku, the European Capital of Culture 2011, together surely offer the participants lots to see and experience.

    Eija Luoto
    RIMS President

  • President's message (December 2010)

    Dear Members

    Very warm Christmas Greetings to you all.

    The joint ECTRIMS-RIMS Conference is now behind and the next RIMS conference 2011 is approaching. In General Assembly, October 2010, in Gothenburg, it was decided that a member letter will be sent to all members in order to give the possibility to send comments regarding the decisions. Today, after one month from the letter, we have not received any complaints.

    As you already know, the 16th Annual Conference of RIMS will be held in Finland, Turku, the European Capital of Culture 2011. The date for the conference is 13-14 May, 2011. This time the conference has along the scientific program two major reasons to celebrate: the Finnish MS Society 40 year´s and RIMS 20 year´s anniversary. The theme for the conference is Lifelong perspective: Rehabilitation for MS patients with complex needs. There will be opportunity to present and discuss original studies and posters and, as already for many years has been done, the best RIMS oral and best RIMS poster will be given awards.

    You are able to find the program and all information regarding the registration and hotel reservation from http://congress.utu.fi/RIMS2011/

    Abstracts for poster and oral presentations deadline is January 31st 2011. The date for acceptance or rejecton of abstracts is February 28th 2011.

    Registration Early Bird date is 15.2.2011. Note that a participant with an accepted abstract (poster or oral) will be able to get their registration fee with early bird fee.

    I wish you all Merry Christmas and naturally, I am looking forward to meeting you in Turku, May 13-14, 2011. RIMS and Turku, the European Capital of Culture 2011, together surely offer the participants lots to see and experience.

    Eija Luoto
    RIMS President

  • President's message (May 2010)

    Dear Members

    The 2010 RIMS Conference is approaching and as you already know, it is organised as a joint ECTRIMS-RIMS in Gothenburg, Sweden, 13-16 October, 2010. RIMS topics with two major RIMS sessions will be Progress in MS rehabilitation and Behavioural interventions in MS - update on trials and mechanisms . Also, RIMS will have a 90 min session for oral presentations. You will find the preliminary program from http://www.congrex.ch/ectrims2010/

    While preparing my Greetings, nearly all of you have already done your plans regarding your participation. Still, I remind you of the following:

    • Abstract dead line is 27 May 2010
    • Early Bird registration dead line is 18 August 2010
    • RIMS members will get a reduced price for registration

    At Gothenburg, all SIGs will have their core people´s meetings as well as Executive Board and SIG Chairs will have a meeting.

    I also wish to point out the news regarding the 2011 RIMS conference:

    The 16th Annual Conference of RIMS will be held in Finland, Turku, the European Capital of Culture 2011. This time the conference has along the scientific program two major reasons to celebrate: the Finnish MS Society 40 years and RIMS 20 years anniversary. The theme for the conference is Lifelong perspective: Rehabilitation for MS patients with complex needs. There will be opportunity to present and discuss original studies and posters and, as already for many years has been done, the best RIMS oral and best RIMS poster will be given awards.

    The dead line of abstracts for poster and oral presentations is January 15st 2011 and the abstracts will be published in International Journal of MS Care. The date for Acceptance or rejecton of abstracts is March 15st 2011.

    Preliminary program will be launched at ECRTIMS 2010, October 13-16, 2010, Sweden.

    Hoping to meet you in Gothenburg, October 2010!

    Also, we are looking forward to meeting you in Turku, May 13-14, 2011. RIMS and Turku, the European Capital of Culture 2011, together surely offer the participants lots to see and experience.

    Eija Luoto
    RIMS President

  • President's message (January 2010)

    Dear Members

    I wish that the new year has started smoothly for all our members.

    As you already know, the 2010 RIMS Conference will be organised as a joint ECTRIMS-RIMS in Gothenburg, Sweden, 13-16 October, 2010.

    RIMS topics with two major RIMS sessions will be Progress in MS rehabilitation and Behavioural interventions in MS - update on trials and mechanisms.Also, RIMS will have a 90 min session for oral presentations.You will find the preliminary program onhttp://www.congrex.ch/ectrims2010/

    • Abstract dead line is 27 May 2010
    • Early Bird registration dead line is 18 August 2010

    Please note that RIMS members will get a reduced price for registration fee. You have to be able to show your membership at the time of filling up your registration form.

    As RIMS annual conferences traditionally occur in May, it means that the following conference, the RIMS 16th Annual Conference will follow quite rapidly after Gothenburg. Please, make a note on your calendar that in 2011, RIMS conference will be organised 13-14 May 2011 in Finland, Turku, The European Cultural Capital of 2011. The local organisers will be Dr Tiina Leistevuo, Chief of Masku Neurological Rehabilitation Centre and Dr. Juhani Ruutiainen, Chief of Rehabilitation Services , Finnish MS Society. Also, as having its 40 years anniversary, the Finnish MS Society will act as a partner in organising the conference.

    Enjoy this wonderful winter time!

    Eija Luoto
    RIMS President

  • President's message (October 2009)

    Dear Members

    The plans for the next year are now being done and as autumn greetings, you will find some issues that are important during 2010.

    The next RIMS Conference will be organised as a joint ECTRIMS-RIMS Gothenburg, Sweden, 13-16 October, 2010. The RIMS topics with two major RIMS sessions will concern “progress in MS rehabilitation” and “cognitive and behavioral aspects in MS”.The preliminary program for ECTRIMS-RIMS 2010 was launched during this year´s ECTRIMS, Dusseldorf, September and the finalizing process regarding the program will be done by the end of this year.

    • Abstract dead line is 27 May 2010.
    • Early Bird registration dead line is 18 August 2010.

    Please note that RIMS members will get a reduced price for registration fee. You have to be able to show your membership at the time of filling up your registration form.

    It is a pleasure to inform that the first fellowship visits are just about to start. The first fellow in RIMS history will be an occupational therapist fromItalyand the center she will stay for one fellow week is Masku Neurological Rehabilitation Centre,Finland. Also, two physiotherapists fromSpainhave sent their applications wishing to stay one week at Masku in 2010, which naturally pleases me very much and we all are happy to have them.

    In order to attain the fellowship, the fellow needs to fill in the Application form. In addition, the centre the fellow intends to visit should show that they willing to organize the visit for at least one week. RIMS naturally wishes to get more centres involved, just let us know.

    All application forms can be downloaded from www.rims.be. So far the following centres are happy to meet fellows: MS Centre Ry andHaeslev,Denmark, Masku Neurological Rehabilitation Centre,Finland and Centre neurologique et de réadaptationFraiture,Belgium

    As RIMS annual conferences traditionally occur in May, it means that

    the following conference, the RIMS 16th Annual Conference will follow quite “rapidly” after Gothenburg. Already at this phase it might be useful to make a note on your calendar that in 2011, RIMS conference will be organised inFinland, 13-14 May 2011. The local organiser will be Dr. Juhani Ruutiainen from Masku Centre. Also, as having its 40 years anniversary, the Finnish MS Society will act as a partner in organising the conference.

    Enjoy this colourful autumn time!

    Eija Luoto
    RIMS President

  • President's message (May 2009)

    Dear Members

    It is my pleasure to inform that we got altogether 247 registered participants for the 14th Annual Conference of RIMS in the sunny and warm city of Genoa 23-25, April 2009. So, although it at some point seemed that we could get less participants than we had hoped for, the result at the end was really good and regarding the time of global economic difficulties, we have all the reasons to be satisfied.

    RIMS General Assembly was organised on Friday, April 24th, 2009. Because we did not meet the quorum, all members will receive a member letter with the minutes of General Assembly and they are able to give their approval or objections regarding the decisions done at the General Assembly.

    All SIGs organised their scientific workshops. The number of participants in these parallelly organised sessions was high, which naturally pleases us very much. Also, an idea of establishing a new SIG on the topic “Patient information “ was presented and on this new topic, there also was one workshop. We shall here news about this in the very near future. You can find more information about SIGs on our www pages.

    The traditional RIMS Awards for Best Poster and Best Oral Presentation with 500 euros were nominated.

    The Best RIMS Poster Award: F. Fink (G). “Efficacy of an executive function intervention program: a placebo-controlled trial”

    The Best RIMS Oral Presentation Award: A.Solari (I). “Effectiveness of an information aid for newly diagnosed PwMS”

    A special CMSC award (invitation to CMSC conference) was given to J. Paltamaa (F) for her oral presentation: “Responsive of physical functioning measures in PwMS aho are ambulatory”

    Once more I take the opportunity to thank our local organiser, Dr Claudio Solaro and Italian MS Society as well as Genoa Neurological Department for their fruitful collaboration.

    Building up RIMS conference with such an expertise was a pleasure and I am sure as the participants found the program interesting and stimulating.

    Eija Luoto
    RIMS President

  • President's message (Februari 2009)

    Dear member of RIMS

    I hope that this year has started smoothly for everyone.

    As you already know, the 14th annual conference RIMS 2009: Research Challenges in Multiple Sclerosis rehabilitation is approaching. You are all welcome to Genoa, Italy, from Thursday 23 April 2009 – Saturday 24 April 2009. The Pre Conference Workshops will be on Thursday April 23. The themes are linked to designing clinical trial, pelvic floor treatment, sport and MS and dysphagia. I wish that all our member centres would be actively participating also in this year´s conference. The program surely is interesting and covers a wide range of MS-related topics.
    On the program there is also a special time reserved for all SIGs to organise their own scientific workshops.

    Hopefully also, all SIGs would take the opportunity to organise a meeting during Genoa conference within so called core group people of their SIG in order to activate their functions. RIMS EB appreciates such activities and feels – sadly- that if any SIG does not show activities, such as in-between meetings and SIG Workshops during annual conferences, we will not be able to continue supporting such SIGs anymore in the future.

    Also, as yet, not so many centres nor individuals have responded to RIMS Fellowship program. So, I take the opportunity to encourage your centre as well as you staff members to take this opportunity. - The fellowship is available to young European professionals, preferably non-doctors, in order to facilitate their training in rehabilitation related to Multiple Sclerosis among RIMS member centres. See more on our pages.
    Hoping to meet you in Genoa!

    Eija Luoto
    RIMS PRESIDENT

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  • President's message (September 2011)

    Dear RIMS members
    Dear colleagues with an interest in MS

    Seasons are changing again, so it is about time to update you on activities, programs and conferences within RIMS, as well as decisions of the executive board.

    RIMS Meetings and Conferences

    In autumn 2011, two Special Interest Groups organize their 'in-between conferences' meetings.

    1. SIG Mobility. Meeting in Barcelona, Spain on September 30th and October 1th with topic "Treatment of Balance and Gait". Local organizer is Carme Santoyo.
    2. SIG Communication & Swallowing, SIG Integration & Participation, SIG Occupation and SIG Psychology & Neuropsychology. Joint meeting in Melsbroek, Belgium on November 18-19th with topic "The multidisciplinary approach for assessment and management of cognitive disorders in people with MS". Local organizer is Daphne Kos and the Melsbroek team.

    Attendance to SIG Meetings and part of accommodation and catering costs are free for RIMS members. For more information on content, please consult the SIG webpages of RIMS.

    Next (17th) annual conference of RIMS will take place in Hamburg, Germany on 31 May-2 June 2012 and is organised by Prof. Dr. Christoph Heesen and Prof. Dr. Thomas Henze.

    • Primary topics are "Shared-Decision Making in MS Rehabilitation" and "Towards Evidence-based Motor System Regeneration".
    • Secondary topics are "concepts of trial designs" and "patient-reported outcome measures"

    The full program is available on www.rims2012.org. We would like to encourage active participation and interaction of clinicians and researchers, and therefore invite you to submit your abstract for poster or platform presentation before December 23th. All abstracts will be published in Multiple Sclerosis journal.Poster presenters will also be provided with short time to present themselves to the audience.

     

    RIMS fellowship and grant programs

    We very much wish to encourage persons to experience other member centers through the RIMS fellowship program. Recently, Maria Esperanza Rubio (PT) from the MS Foundation Madrid, Spain has visited the MS Center in Haslev, Denmark. She reports that this fellowship was very informative both regarding organization as well as concept and content of care. A special appreciation also for Hans van Tongeren (PT, Haslev). New applications can be made continuously throughout the year, and are discussed at next executive board meeting.

    As announced before, applications can now be made for the new RIMS grant program. This program aims to stimulate and facilitate collaboration between members regarding shared best practice networks, implementation of innovation, research projects, multi-center studies, etc. Applications can be made when members from different countries participate, for a maximum amount of 5,000 Euros (submission rules and procedure can be found on this website). The submission deadline has been extended to November 21th at noon. Feedback will be provided by February 2012.

     

    News from the Executive Board

    Functions of executive board members have been clarified and transferred from previous to current members, during a board meeting in Brussels, Belgium on July 14th. As well, an inventory of action points was identified and will be elaborated in coming months. The next meeting of the executive board takes place in Milan, Italy on November 28th. Requests or proposals can be discussed if received by November 21th at noon.

    The executive board has decided to be assisted regarding administrative duties such as membership communication and inventory, website monitoring and other duties. We welcome administrator Mrs. Grace Donovan from Southampton (UK), who will closely collaborate with the membership and SIG officer, as well as web editor, Vicki Matthews.

     

    News from partners

    The International Journal of MS Care (www.mscare.org) informed us that a special issue will be published in summer 2012 regarding "Novel Approaches for Assessing and Facilitating Cognition in MS". Guest editors are R.H.B. Benedict and K. Fuchs. You are invited to submit your original research, case reports, and reviews on this topic of critical importance to all clinicians caring for MS patients before February 1th, 2012.

     

    Other RIMS activities

    Two articles reporting on previous multi-center studies on walking ('effect of time of day' and 'differential value of short and long walking tests') that were performed by members of the SIG Mobility group, are (about to be) published in Multiple Sclerosis journal.

    A new multi-center study on effects of different rehabilitation programs on balance and walking in general, and responsiveness of walking measures in specific, is currently being performed in quite many centers or community settings across Europe. More information can be found on this website ('projects').

    On October 7-8 at the Italian MS Society Center "I Girasoli" of Lucignano, Italy, there is the third investigators' meeting of the AutoMS Project (www.automsproject.org). Participants will be psychologists, physicians and other SIG Education and Participation professionals from Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Italy and Serbia. The main theme of the meeting will be the quality of the MS consultation, and the measurement of patient involvement in decision-making tasks.

    We very much look forward to further working and collaborating with you; on research projects, sharing expertise and exchanging experiences in MS rehabilitation.

    Peter Feys,
    President of RIMS

    On behalf of the executive board.

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