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On behalf of the RIMS Board, it gives us the greatest pleasure to invite you to join us at our 2nd RIMS Workshop 'Rehabilitation in Progressive MS', to be held at the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation in Milan (IT), on Friday 13 December 2019.

It will be a one-day workshop filled with interesting lectures and 2 practical sessions in the beautiful city of Milan. Visit the workshop website to find out more about the preliminary programme and confirmed speakers.

Registrations should be done online via the registration tool available on the website. RIMS members can register at a reduced rate.

We hope to meet you in Milan!

Yours sincerely,

  • Daphne Kos, Prof, Belgium
  • Giampaolo Brichetto, Dr, Italy
  • Davide Cattaneo, Dr, Italy

On behalf of the RIMS Board,

  • Vincent de Groot, Prof, The Netherlands
  • Anders Skjerbaek, MSc, Denmark
  • Jenny Freeman, Prof, United Kingdom
  • Jaume Sastre Garigga, Prof, Spain
  • Piet Eelen, RN MSc, Belgium
  • Christian Dettmers, Prof, Germany


RIMS Events

RIMS Annual Conference 2019 - Ljubljana

Only one week to go until the start of the RIMS Annual Conference, "Crossing the Interface to Explore New Possibilities", taking place from June 20-22, 2019! 

An updated programme can be found on the RIMS website.


Please be aware there are still a few places left! Registration should be done online via the registration tool available on the website. RIMS members can register at a reduced rate!

Onsite registration for the Nurse Training Programme, Teaching Courses, SIG meetings and the PhD session or for the full Annual Conference is also possible, please come see us at the Welcome & Hospitality desk.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Ljubljana!


We are happy to announce that the RIMS Annual Conference received 14 European CME credits (ECMEC) from the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). Please find below the breakdown of ECMEC's per day:

            20.06.2019      4 credits
            21.06.2019      5 credits
            22.06.2019      5 credits

The EACCME awards ECMEC's on the basis on 1 ECMEC for one hour of CME with a maximum of 8 ECMEC's per day. Each participant can only receive the number of credits he/she is entitled to according to his/her actual participation at the event once he/she has completed the feedback form.

RIMS Education

Fellowship Exchange Programme

The deadline for the application for the fellowship exchange programme is coming closer! Fill in the Application Form and send it back to the RIMS Secretariat before July 1st 2019. Are you already registered for our Annual Conference? This is a great opportunity to network for the fellowship exchange programme.
More details on the euRIMS website.
Please contact the RIMS Secretariat when you have any questions regarding the fellowship.

RIMS Grant Programme

Please be informed the deadline for application for the RIMS Grant Programme is open!
Download the submission form on our website and return this by mail to Dr. Giampaolo Brichetto, RIMS RiGra Officer before December 1, 2019. In the present call, one project has been granted.

News from our SIG's

SIG in-between meetings during the Annual Conference 2019

Our 6 SIG's are organising a meeting on Thursday June, 20th 2019 between 16:00 and 19:00 at the Annual Conference in Ljubljana. Please find an updated programme of the SIG's on our Annual Conference website
for the SIG meetings is still possible on the website. These courses can be added to your Conference registration.

SIG Psychology and Neuropsychology

We would like to announce the programme of the SIG Psychology and Neuropsychology meeting has been changed. Below you can find the new interesting programme:


 Welcome and Introduction
 Dr Jana Pöttgen


 The Meaning of Illness - a Narrative Approach
 How do MS Patients Communicate About their Disease?
 Jannie Engelbrecht


 Rehabilitation of Cognitive Impairment as Standard-of-care-Pro's & Con's
 An Open Platform Discussion with John DeLuca & Roshan dasNair


 Coffee Break


 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - Ready for MS
 ACT for MS in Practice and Research
 Kenneth Pakenham


 SIG Related Discussion
 Future Tasks and Projects?
 Next In-between Meeting - When? Where?


Upcoming SIG in-between meetings 2019

SIG Psychology & Neuropsychology - June, Hamburg

The upcoming meeting in Hamburg will be detachted from the 'SIG Umbrella'. The SIG sexual review group is starting an updated editorial about psych, treatment of sex, dysfunction in MS for the review we published in Plosone last year.
Christoph was invited from IJMSC to submit artciles for a special edition.

We are looking for more active members in our SIG, specific international psychological/neuropsychological projects could be started (validations, reviews ...)
We are also looking for ideas for the future: what are the needs and wishes of the members?

A second SIG in-between meeting will take place in winter 2019/2020.

SIG Mobility - 28 & 29 October, Tel Aviv

The SIG Mobility in-between meeting will take place in Tel Aviv (Israel) with Alon Kalron serving as local host. The meeting will take place from October 28 until October 29, 2019 in the Tel Aviv University and Sheba Medical Center. There will be a short (sponsored) lecture on October 27 in the afternoon for the particpants who arrive early.

The registration and abstract submission is open online where you can also find the preliminary program

SIG Communication & Swallowing - Autumn, Stockholm

The SIG Communication & Swallowing in-between meeting will take place in autumn 2019 in Stockholm with Fredrik Sand serving as local host. Further information concerning the exact topic and date will follow at a later stage.

SIG Occupation, 8 & 9 November, Genova

The next in-between meeting for this SIG will take place in Genova, Italy on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 November 2019. Call for abstracts for free paper session is now open. If you would like to present, please send an email with a short abstract to SIG Occupation chair Inger Grethe Loyning.

You can read more about the SIG's on our website!

Interested in joining a SIG? Send an email to our respective SIG chairs or co-chairs.

Twitter account

Have some news? Use our twitter account @euRIMS!


RIMS is pleased to offer a Fellowship Exchange Programme (RIMS Fellowship) that started in Autumn 2008.

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. RIMS will support up to four fellowships annually, each with duration of one week, with a refunding of € 1000.

The deadline for the application for the fellowship exchange programme is coming closer! Fill in the Application Form and send it back to the RIMS Secretariat before July 1st 2019
Please contact the RIMS Secretariat when you have any questions regarding the fellowship.


More information:

The goal of the programme is to promote the multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation in MS and to encourage the exchange of information and professional growth for those working in the field of MS. 

Fellows are expected to identify themselves as representing a RIMS member centre (or as individual RIMS membership) prior to application. Please check the criteria HERE.

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 are able to organise the visit for up to one week (Receiving centre form). After this, also the Refunding form must be fulfilled and sent to the RIMS secretariat in order to achieve the fellowship refunding.

The RIMS Executive Board expects a short Evaluation report within three weeks after the visit.



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On behalf of RIMS, we thank the delegates and faculty for making our 1st RIMS Workshop 'Rehabilitation in Progressive MS' a success. The Workshop took place at the Scandic Hotel in Copenhagen (DK), on Thursday 6 December 2018. 

We are proud that we can call our first workshop of the RIMS 'going local tour' a success. Every year we will organize this workshop in another city in Europe. With this tour, we want to give everyone access close to home. 

Have a look at the website: www.rims-workshop.org/Copenhagen2018.

Below you can find the full programme of the workshop and the presentation of the welcome lecture, given by Vincent de Groot and Anders Skjerbaek.

Interested in the presentations of other lectures? Do not hesitate to contact the RIMS Secretariat and we are happy to send them to you by mail!

 08:30 - 10:00                   
Registration and Breakfast
 10:00 - 10:15 Welcome
Speakers: Vincent de Groot - Anders Skjerbaek
 10:15 - 10:45 KEY NOTE I
Symptoms and Issues in Progressive MS
Speaker: Vincent de Groot
 10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break
 11:00 - 12:30 PRACTICAL SESSION 1 (rotating sessions)
1. Physical Outcome Measures in MS (MANUAL)
Speaker: Anders Skjerbaek
2. Managing Time and Energy in Daily Life
Speaker: Daphne Kos
3. Dysphagia in MS
Speaker: Leonie Ruhaak
 12:30 - 13:10 Lunch and network
 13:10 - 13:30 Patient Testimonial
 13:30 - 14:00 KEY NOTE II
Rehabilitation in Progressive MS
Speaker: Jenny Freeman
 14:00 - 15:30 PRACTICAL SESSION 2 (rotating sessions)
 1. Industry Workshop by LEMCO
 2. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation - Cognitive Training and other Techniques
Speaker - Päivi Hämäläinen
 3. Management Techniques Bladder and Bowel Problems
Speaker: Piet Eelen
 15:30 - 15:45 Coffee break
 15:45 - 16:15 KEY NOTE III
Implications of Exercise in Progressive MS
Speaker: Ulrik Dalgas
 16:15 - 16:45 Q&A Session
 16:45 - 17:00 Concluding remarks




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After a successful Annual RIMS conference, which took place from June 20-22 in Ljubljana, we would like to present you the Take Home Messages.

A summary of the Annual Conference will follow soon.