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It gives us the greatest pleasure toinvite youto join us at the23rd Annual Conference of RIMS 'MS Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan', to be held at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, fromThursday 31 May to Saturday 2 June 2018.

The Conference is organised in partnership with theVU Medical Centre Amsterdam and the MS Centre Amsterdam.

The RIMS Conference isthé main European event for Healthcare professionals, researchers and patient representativesto share their knowledge and experiences, and collaborate on topics related to rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis.

In 2018, the conference main theme is 'MS Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan', and covers 4 areas: Health Promotion, Supporting Self-management, Physical Transition through the Disease Course and Social Transition through the Disease Course.



  • 4 December 2017: Opening abstract submission
  • 12 January 2018: Opening nurse bursary applications
  • 15 February 2018: Abstract submission and bursary deadline
  • 2 March 2018: Abstract submission and bursary application feedback
  • 9 March 2018: Early Bird deadline

More information on: www.rims2018-amsterdam.com


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jenny freeman

Jenny Freeman is an Associate Professor (Reader) in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation at Plymouth University in Devon, United Kingdom. She qualified as a physiotherapist in Perth Western Australia in 1983. From 1987 she worked specifically in adult neurology, working clinically at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London from 1988 – 1998, and then in a research post at the Institute of Neurology until 2010. She completed her PhD in 1997 which included the first randomised controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of multi-disciplinary rehabilitation in people with MS (Supervisors Professor Alan Thompson and Professor Dawn Langdon, Institute of Neurology, University College London). Her research since that time has predominately involved clinical trials investigating the process and outcomes of uni and multi-disciplinary rehabilitation interventions, with a particular focus on people with MS. Alongside this she has collaborated with laboratory based studies investigating the mechanisms underpinning disability (in co-operation with Professor Jon Marsden). Jenny has led innovations to engage and support clinical practitioners in implementing clinical research in MS; and has been involved in a range of initiatives aimed at improving care in this patient group. She was awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 2013.

Jenny Freeman was closely involved in setting up the Physiotherapy Programme at Plymouth University, and since then she been active in increasing research capacity within the School of Health Professions. Her role involves teaching and research supervision at both undergraduate and post graduate level. She is Deputy Director of the Centre for Health and Social Care Innovation at Plymouth University, which is an Affiliated Centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute for Systematic Reviews. She continues to engage in clinical practice, and has a weekly MS clinical commitment within the National Health Service.

Contact details:

Faculty of Health and Human Science
Room FF21, Peninsula Allied Health Centre
Derriford Rd, Derriford
Plymouth PL6 8BH

e-mail: jenny.freeman@plymouth.ac.uk
phone: ++44 01752 588835

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Dr Jaume_Sastre_Garriga_150x100Personal information:
Date of birth:  19th January, 1971.
Place of birth: Palma (Balearic Islands).

Present occupation:
Staff neurologist (full permanent post) and deputy director at the Department of Neurology / Neuroimmunology, MS Centre of Catalonia (Cemcat), Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron.

Dr. Jaume Sastre-Garriga received his MD at the University of Barcelona in 1995 and trained as a neurologist at the Neurology Department, Hospital Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona from May 1997 to May 2001. From May 2001 to June 2002 he held a post of clinical research fellow at the Unitat de Neuroimmunologia Clínica (UNiC), Hospital Vall d’Hebron (Barcelona) under the mentorship of Professor Xavier Montalban. From June 2002 to December 2004 he was a awarded a grant from the Spanish Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria (Spanish Ministry of Health) and held a post as a clinical research fellow at the MRI and Neurorehabilitation and Brain Repair units, Institute of Neurology, University College London, under the mentorship of Professor Alan Thompson (a post he still holds as honorary). In 2004 and 2005 was awarded by the Spanish Society of Neurology (SEN) the prize for the best Spanish paper in an international neurological journal. From January 2005 to February 2007 Dr. Sastre-Garriga was in charge of the neurorehabilitation centres of the MS Foundation (FEM) in Catalonia acting as a Medical Director, where he helped organize the 2006 Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis (RIMS) annual congress as a member of the scientific committee. He achieved a Master’s degree at the Escuela Superior de Administración de Empresas (ESADE, Number one global Bussiness School as per the Wall Street Journal in 2007) in Governance, Administration and management of Health Services (2006-2007). Since March 2007 he works as a clinical neurologist at the Department of Neurology / Neuroimmunology, MS Centre of Catalonia (Cemcat), Hospital Vall d’Hebron (Barcelona), and now serves as deputy director to Professor Xavier Montalban. He is coauthor of 86 medline-indexed peer-reviewed papers (h-index: 24 – 1865 citations) in national and international journals, among which Lancet Neurology (1), Annals of Neurology (2), Brain (1), Neurology (8), Neuroimage (2), PlosONE (1), Archives of Neurology (6), Multiple Sclerosis (19), Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry (6) and Journal of Neurology (6), and of more than 10 book chapters and monographs, mostly in the field of multiple sclerosis. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board of Multiple Sclerosis Journal and Latin American Multiple Sclerosis Journal. He has acted as a reviewer for the journals Lancet Neurology, Archives of Neurology, Neuroimage, Multiple Sclerosis, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, Journal of Neurology, Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, European Journal of Neurology, European Neurology and Human Brain Mapping, among others. His main interests are magnetic resonance imaging new techniques (functional MRI and volumetry) and neurorehabilitation with a special focus on the primary progressive forms of MS.

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Welcome to RIMS, the European network for best practice and research in MS Rehabilitation. Rehabilitation is defined as a highly individualised education and adaptation process to gain maximum activity and participation.

We represent and bring together health care professionals, researchers and patient organisations from different settings with the aim to enhance activity, participation and autonomy of people with MS by developing and advocating evidence-based rehabilitation. Our long-term vision is that all people with MS throughout Europe have access to evidence-based rehabilitation when they need it.

The aims of RIMS are to

  • Raise the profile of rehabilitation in MS with 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.

We invite you navigate through our website and read our brochure with presentation of RIMS executive board, special interest groups and RIMS programs (conferences, grant & fellowship, projects), as well as our annual report.

RIMS collaborates worldwide with umbrella organisations (such as EMSP, ECTRIMS, MSIF, CMSC), partners organisations (such as the IMSCOG, EXCEMED,..) and scientific journals (MSJ, IJMSC).

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Annual Conference at reduced registration fee

Individual members as well as a maximum of six professionals from a member centre are able to get a RIMS Annual Conference registration fee at a special reduced member price.

Join a Special Interest Group and benefit from a free hotel night at in-between meetings

A number of Special Interest Groups (SIG’s) have been established. The groups meet at least once a year during RIMS annual conference.

The SIG’s also organise professional annual in-between meetings, which are supported financially by RIMS. For SIG in-between meetings, the member centres’ professionals are offered one free hotel night and free meals for such occasions.

Make use of the RIMS Grant (€15 000)

RIMS offer a Grant Program to support multi-centre studies, a shared best practice network or a SIG project. RIMS supports one grant annually, with a sum of max €15 000.

Take advantage of the Fellowship Exchange Programme (€1000)

RIMS offers a Fellowship Exchange Programme to young European professionals, preferably non-doctors, to facilitate their training in MS reha­bilitation at RIMS member centres.

Get access to Members only E-Educational Material at the RIMS website

Some of the SIG’s have published papers or pamphlets on important MS issues. These are distributed among RIMS members. E-Education material (pod­casts, webcasts from conference presentations and outcome measures) are available on the RIMS website and provide useful information for your research or clinical practice.

Have your say in the strategy of RIMS

At RIMS Annual General Assembly all member centres have six votes and individual and society members have one vote.

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The International Journal of MS Care (IJMSC) is the official journal of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC), Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis (RIMS), the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN), and the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Therapists (IOMSRT).  Through international and multidisciplinary cooperation and communication, the editors hope to improve the quality of care for patients with MS.
The IJMSC publishes peer-reviewed articles in areas of interest to MS health-care professionals.  Topics include neurological, nursing, rehabilitative, psychological, and psychosocial care and quality-of-life issues of people with MS and reflect the diversity of the journal's readership.  Categories of manuscripts considered include original research, clinically relevant reviews of the literature, case reports, consensus statements, controversies, book reviews, and letters to the editor.
TheIJMSC now has a Web-based system for manuscript submission and peer review. The system, which was developed in cooperation with eJournalPress, is available at http://ijmsc.msubmit.net. Authors with Internet access are asked to begin using this system for new submissions immediately. Initial registration is required and can be accomplished by clicking the “Register for an Account” link on the home page. Registered users have access only to data pertaining to their own submissions or assignments.
All manuscripts submitted beginning in January 2010 will be tracked and directed through the peer-review process electronically within the system.
If you are a reviewer for IJMSC, you may already have an account in the new system. Please go to the site and update your personal and specialty information so that the journal’s editors can choose appropriate reviewers for papers in various subject areas. From the system home page, click on the “Unknown/Forgotten Password” button to obtain a password and gain access to your individual home page. Then click on “Modify Profile/Password” to update your profile.
Complete instructions for both authors and reviewers on using the online manuscript system appear on the system website and will be published regularly in IJMSC. If you have any questions or comments about the new procedures, please direct them to Maria Stadtler at IJMSC@mscare.org.

The IJMSC is on the Internet at http://ijmsc.org.