RIMS Education

Fellowship Exchange Programme - Deadline approaching!

Please be aware the deadline to send in your application for the RIMS Fellowship Programme is approaching fast! Check the criteria on the euRIMS website and complete the Application form before December 1, 2019.


Have a look at the euRIMS website and read the experience of Dr. Topcu, who has explored the MS Center in Amsterdam during her Fellowship Programme this year.

“I have enjoyed every second of my visit to the MS Centre Amsterdam – I have met wonderful people there, made excellent connections and learnt a lot. Huge thanks to the Amsterdam team for hosting and organising a brilliant programme for me, and to RIMS for giving me this opportunity.”

Dr. Garcia will have her fellowship in January 2020 in Tel Aviv. We want to wish her good luck!

RIMS Grant Programme - Deadline approaching!

Final call to send in your application for the RiGra Programme! Download the submission form on our website and return this by email to the RIMS Secretariat before December 1, 2019.

News from our Board

Call for new Executive Board members - Deadline approaching!

The call for new RIMS Executive Board Members is open until December 9!

  • Application deadline: December 9, 2019 (23:59 Brussels time)
  • Application documents: CV and motivation letter
  • Elections: General Assembly at Annual Conference 2020 (June 5, 2020)
  • Period: from Annual Conference 2020 (June 2020) until Annual Conference 2023

If you wish to put yourself forward for an Executive Board position, please send in your CV and motivation letter to the RIMS Secretariat by Monday December 9, 2019 (23:59 Brussels time). Only applications from RIMS members will be taken into account. More information can be found on the euRIMS website.

RIMS strives for an equal distribution of profiles, professions, academic, non-academic, nationalities and gender.

RIMS Memberships

Become a RIMS member in 2020!

Interested in (continue) joining the RIMS community? Become a RIMS member or renew your membership and profit from the RIMS benefits in 2020. A summary of the benefits can be found on the euRIMS website.

Please be informed all RIMS memberships expire automatically on December 31, 2019. Have a look at the procedure to renew or re-active your existing membership. Experiencing some troubles? Have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions on the euRIMS website or send an email to the euRIMS Secretariat. Renew your membership for 2020 and keep your access to the Membership benefits!

Upcoming RIMS Events

RIMS Workshop 2019, 13 December 2019, Milan

Only 2 weeks to go before the start of our 2nd RIMS workshop "Rehabilitation in Progressive MS"!
We are happy to inform you that the European CME (4 credits) and Italian ECM (5 credits) accreditation has been approved.

We would like to thank the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation and the Italian MS Society Foundation for their support in organizing this edition of the RIMS Workshop.

Register Now!

RIMS Annual Conference 2020, 4-6 June 2020, Leuven

Registrations and abstract submission for the Annual RIMS Conference are open! This year's Annual Conference of RIMS (Rehabilitation in MS) will take place in Leuven, Belgium from Thursday, June 4 to Saturday, June 6, 2020. The conference is organized in partnership with KU Leuven and the National MS Center Melsbroek.

The conference main theme will be "Collaborate and Engage in Personalised Rehabilitation". Have a look at the Conference website for more information.

Register Now!

News from our SIG's

Upcoming SIG Bladder, Bowel & Sexuality, 12 December 2019, Milan

The next SIG Bladder, Bowel & Sexuality meeting will take place on 12 December at the Don Gnocchi Foundation in Milan! The final SIG programme can be found below. Interested in joining the SIG? Registration can be done via email.

14.00 - 14.15 Registration  
14.15 - 14.30 Introduction of the SIG programme Sara RInaldi & Piet Eelen
14.30 - 15.15 The efficacy of Navina Smart in neurogenic bowel dysfunction G. Del Popolo
15.15 - 16.00 Secure the independence with Navina Smart/Wellspect Investigator Initiated Studies programme P. Signani
16.00 - 16.30 Pelvic floor evaluation/treatment/experience in AISM Rehab Center Liguria Sara Rinaldi
16.30 - 16.45 Coffee break  
16.45 - 17.15 Pelvic floor evaluation/treatment/experience in European centers (colleagues who desire explain their experience) To be confirmed
17.15 - 18.00 Discussion and ideas for the future  
18.00 - 18.30 Tour of pelvic floor center Don Gnocchi, Milan  
20.00 Cocktail in Starbucks Roastery Milan (Condrusio)  

Upcoming SIG Communication & Swallowing in-between meeting, 16-17 January 2020, Turku & Masku

On January 16 and 17, our next in-between meeting will take place in Finland! Leena Maria Heikkola will host us in Turku and Masku.
On Thursday we will have a guided tour at the Masku Neurological Rehabilitation Centre and different presenters will talk about communication and swallowing in MS. The next day at the University of Turku will be our 'Cognitive Communication' day with presentations on recent studies on questionnaires and tests for naming and pragmatics and with time scheduled to work out ideas for a RIMS grant proposal.
Further information about registration will follow soon on the RIMS website. If you have any questions about this meeting, please contact Leonie Ruhaak (lruhaak@nieuwunicum.nl).

Past SIG Mobility in-between meeting, 28-29 October 2019, Tel Aviv

SIG chair Carme Santoyo and co-chair Lousin Moumdjian hosted the 22nd SIG Mobility in-between meeting in Tel Aviv! The SIG Mobility group gathered on the 28th and 29th October 2019 at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University and the MS Center at Sheba Medical Center in Hashomer, Israel.

This meeting, entitled: ‘Brain, cognition and movement in MS: challenges for rehabilitation’, was attended by 67 delegates from 14 different countries (28 from Israel). The full report can be read here.

Past SIG Occupation in-between meeting, 8-9 November 2019, Genova

The past SIG Occupation in-between meeting, which took place in Genova, Italy on 8 and 9 November, was a success! The topic of the meeting was 'Transforming knowledge on technology into relevance for clinical practice'. The participants had a discussion on the use of technologies co-created with PwMS in the occupational therapy setting. The report and pictures will soon be published on the euRIMS website.

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.

News from our Partners

EBC - Rethinking MS

On 6 November 2019, The European Brain Council (EBC) and The Health Policy Partnership (HPP) were able to preview the findings of the RETHINKING MS project and present preliminary results in the European Parliament “MEP Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain Meeting”.

Prof. Jenny Freeman presented at this event on behalf of RIMS to focus on the importance and possibilities of rehabilitation. The aim of the project being to reduce inequities in access to care across Europe for MS. Have a look at the following thank you letter for more details.

EMULTI-ACT meeting

MULTI-ACT is a EU-funded project (2018-2021) aiming to increase the impact of brain research to provide better brain research for better health by facilitating collaboration between multiple stakeholders. The meeting in Brussels was the first project event aiming to provide a profound introduction of the project and to share the preliminary results of a number of work packages. The event was well attended by representatives of many organizations relevant for brain research, including RIMS. RIMS’ Vice-President Prof. Giampaolo Brichetto gave a presentation about the relevance of patient-reported outcomes. More info can be found on the following website.


Last week, on 20 November, RIMS was present at the MS Data Alliance Stakeholders' meeting in Baveno. The MSDA is an initiative of University of Hasselt and EMSP, led by Dr. Liesbeth Peeters, The project aims at bringing together all stakeholders, from patients to researchers, to get more out of the MultipleSclerosis data! Want to know more? Visit their website: https://msdataalliance.com/

EMSP 2020 Conference

EMSP 2020 Conference Banner

"EMSP" invites you to the EMSP 2020 Annual Conference taking place from 7-9 May 2020 in hotel Meliá Barajas in Madrid, capital of Spain.
The theme of the 2019 EMSP Annual Conference is: "Understanding Progressive Multiple Sclerosis".

Please visit emspconference.org to stay up to date with the latest developments around the conference and do not forget to mark the date in your calendar.

Multiple Sclerosis Journal

The Multiple Sclerosis Journal is happy to share an article entitled 'Can inpatient multidisciplinary rehabilitation improve health-related quality of life in MS patients on the long term'.

The MSJ-ETC has also published a couple of interesting papers. Have a look at the following links: 'Activity monitor use among persons with multiple scleroris: Report on rate, pattern, and association with physical activity levels', 'Assessing fatigue in multiple sclerosis: Psychometric properties of the five-item Modified Fatigue Impact Scale (MFIS-5)', 'Machine learning in secondary progressive multiple sclerosis: an improved predictive model for short-term disability progression'

RIMS Social Media


Did you know RIMS has its own LinkedIn group? Join the RIMS group 'RIMS - European Network for best Practice and Research in MS Rehabilitation' and stay posted on the RIMS activities!

Would you like to share some news related to rehabilitation and/or MS? Make a connection with the RIMS (Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis) account and we will post your news in the RIMS LinkedIn group.

Twitter account

Have some news? Use our twitter account @euRIMS!