We wish you a happy 2016! Thank you for being part of the Multiple Sclerosis Brain Health initiative, which aims to improve the lives of people with MS by bringing about real change in healthcare policy.
The report Brain health: time matters in multiple sclerosis was launched in October 2015 and has now been endorsed by over 20 organizations, including the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform, the International Society of Neuroimmunology and the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation. We are keen to build on this momentum, so if you are a member of a professional organization or advocacy group that has not yet endorsed the report, please do bring it to the attention of your group and let us know how we can facilitate their endorsement.
In the coming year, authors of the report will present the evidence and recommendations to healthcare professionals, patient and advocacy groups, policy makers and payers at conferences and in journal articles. You can find out more about the latest MS news and research on the MS Brain Health website, and we will keep you up to date with our activities in this monthly newsletter.
You can help to bring about change too! If you have any feedback on the recommendations or ideas of how they could be implemented in your country, please share your thoughts with us. You may also wish to forward this newsletter or share the website with your colleagues, friends and family and encourage them to pledge their commitment to spread awareness of the importance of brain health in MS.
Gavin Giovannoni, MD
Professor of Neurology and Chair of the MS Brain Health Steering Committee
On behalf of the MS Brain Health Steering Committee: Gavin Giovannoni, Peer Baneke, Helmut Butzkueven, Giancarlo Comi, Kathleen Costello, Jeremy Hobart, Gisela Kobelt and Christoph Thalheim
Preparation and publication of this newsletter was funded by a grant from AbbVie and by an educational grant from Novartis, both of whom had no influence on the content.