SIG Occupation in-between meeting Amsterdam (NL) 2017

The European life balance project team aims at evaluating test-retest reliability, cross-cultural and construct validity of the translated versions of the Life Balance Inventory (LBI) in people with MS within different European cultures.

On Monday, January 30th, 2017, we had an in-between weekend in Amsterdam on this multicenter study. We worked together on an online version of the questionnaires. A wonderful experience of a pleasant collaboration between researchers and clinicians.
We will show our poster on the design of the study on the next RIMS conference in Barcelona.

Sofie Ferdinand
SIG occupation

Amsterdam, January 2017 - LBI meeting
Amsterdam, January 2017 - LBI meeting

SIG Occupation meeting Milan (I) 2015

Dear colleagues,
Attached you will find the report of our SIG Occupation meeting, which was well attended and inspiring.
From now one, I will hand it over to our new chair and co-chair Jelka and Sofie J and wish them lots of pleasure and success in their job!

Warm regards and hope to meet you all again in Overpelt in the autumn!

You can find the Milan report HERE

SIG Occupation Group Milan meeting April 2015

SIG Occupation Newsletter November 2014

Dear RIMS SIG Occupation members,

1. Meeting SIG Occupation in Barcelona November 2014

The next in-between meeting of SIG Occupation is approaching and we are looking forward to welcoming 27 participants in Barcelona (ES) on November 28-29 2014 and share our expertise on implementing science into practice. Núria Filló of Cemcat (Multiple Sclerosis Centre of Catalonia) is our host. Final programme is available HERE.

2. Questionnaire Evidence Based Practice

To prepare the SIG Occupation meeting Barcelona (also non-participants), we would like to ask you to complete a survey regarding evidence-based practice (EBP), before November 22nd 2014. This will take about 10 minutes of your time and will help to explore the current situation of EBP in MS rehabilitation.

Take the survey!!

3. Chair/Co-chair election

All SIG (co)chairs are being (re)elected during the RIMS meeting in April 2015 which takes place in Milan (I). For the next term of three years (2015-2018), there will be a call to send your candidacy for the position of chair and co-chair. You will receive this formal call in the beginning of 2015.

4. Abstract submission for RIMS annual conference 2015 now open!!

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 20th) can be found on the conference website. Accepted abstracts will be published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal. CME accreditation will be provided.

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.

We look forward to meet you in Milan!

5. RIMS Grant 2014

RIMS has established a grant program from 2011. The program aims to facilitate collaboration between clinicians and researchers 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, one project will be granted € 15,000.

The submission form is available HERE! It should be completed and sent by email to the RIMS Grant Officer by December 20th 2014 (she is also available for clarification at solari@instituto-besta.it). Only applications involving a minimum of three collaborators from three different countries will be considered. At least one collaborator must be a RIMS member. Co-funding projects are allowed, provided that allocation of RIMS funds is fully justified. Notification will be given by April 11th 2015, after peer review of submissions by the RIMS Executive Board and by external reviewers.

During the SIG Occupation meeting in Barcelona, we can discuss proposals for this grant.


With best wishes,

Daphne Kos, SIG Chair SIG Occupation
Tarja Huilla, SIG Co-chair SIG Occupation

In-between meeting SIG Occupation Barcelona (ES) November 28-29th

The next in-between meeting will take place in Barcelona (ES) on November 28-29th 2014. Our host is Núria Filló of Cemcat (Multiple Sclerosis Center of Catalonia).

During this meeting, we will continue on the theme of the main RIMS conference and have lectures and workshops concerning “Implementing science into practice”. Professor Marie Johnston of Aberdeen Health Psychology Group will be our invited guest.

SIG Occupation meeting during RIMS conference in Brighton

Dear colleague,

As you probably know, RIMS 2014 annual conference will be held in the UK in Brighton on 6–7th June 2014 (http://www.rims2014.org/).

During the conference we will have a SIG Occupation meeting, which is planned on Saturday June 7th 8:00-9:30h (I will inform you about the exact room as soon as this information is available). You are most welcome to join!


  • Website SIG Occupation
  • Preparation meeting 28-29 November 2014
  • Running studies

Please let me know when you would like to join the meeting (daphne.kos@faber.kuleuven.be), so I will be able to contact you regarding the exact location.