Congress Program

* Subject to Change

Thursday, 13 December

08:00-09:00

Registration

09:00-09:15

Welcome and Opening of the Congress
Prof. Dimitrios Karussis, Israel | Chairman

09:15-10:45

Session 1
MRI Techniques for the Diagnosis of MS and the Monitoring of its Activity

 


09:15-09:45
Functional MRI
Prof. Netta Levin, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Israel


09:45-10:15
DTI and Other Novel MRI Techniques
Matilde Inglese, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA


10:15-10:45
Brain and Spinal Cord Atrophy in MS
Prof. Dr. Anat Achiron, Sheba Medical Center, Israel

10:45-11:15

Coffee Break, Networking and Poster Viewing

11:15-12:45

Session 2
Pediatric MS and Neuroimmunological Diseases

 


11:15-11:45
General Principles of Neuronal and Glial Antibodies in Demyelinating and Encephalitic Disorders
Prof. Angela Vincent, University of Oxford, UK


11:45-12:15
Assays for Non-MS Antibodies: Principles, Techniques and Standardisation
Prof. Patrick Waters, University of Oxford, UK

 
12:15-12:45

Clinical and Treatment Differences between MS and NMOSDs
Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Palace,
 University of Oxford, UK

12:45-13:45

Lunch Break, Networking and Poster Viewing

13:45-15:15

Session 3
Immune and Other Biomarkers for MS Diagnosis and Monitoring of its Activity

 


13:45-14:15
New Technologies in MS Diagnostics
Dr. Marcus D`Souza, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland

 


14:15-14:45
Soluble Biomarkers in MS
Dr. Panayiota Petrou
, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Israel


14:45-15:15
Diagnostic Use of Metabolomics in Multiple Sclerosis and its Mimics
Dr. Tianrong YeoUniversity of Oxford, UK and National Neuroscience Institute, Singapore

15:15-15:45

Coffee Break, Networking and Poster Viewing

15:45-16:45

Session 4
Novel and Future Immunotherapies in MS-1

 
15:45-16:15
SP1 Targeting Treatments and Other Future Immunotherapies
Prof. Nikolaos Grigoriadis, AHEPA University Hospital, Greece

 
16:15-16:45
IRT (Immune Reconstitution Therapy) Concept
Prof. Dimitrios Karussis, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Israel

      16:45

End of Day One

Friday, 14 December

09:00-09:30

Registration

09:30-10:30

Session 5
Oral Presentations from Selected Abstracts



09:30-09:45
A Novel Perspective on The Growing Global Burden of Multiple Sclerosis
Seema Mahesh
, Mahesh Malappa, Vitalie Vacaras, George Vithoulkas, Research Centre For Classical Homeopathy, India

 
09:45-10:00
Three-Dimensional Lesion Phenotyping and Physiologic Characterization Inform on Remyelination Capacity in Multiple Sclerosis 
Dinesh K. Sivakolundu, Madison R. Hansen, Kathryn L. West, Yeqi Wang, Thomas Stanley, Andrew Wilson, Morgan McCreary, Monroe P. Turner, Marco C. Pinho, Braeden D. Newton, Xiaohu Guo, Bart Rypma, Darin T. Okuda, University of Texas at Dallas, USA

 
10:00-10:15
The Role of RNA Editing in Immune Mediated Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis (EAE) Progression with Implications in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Pathogenesis 
Dimitra Dafou, Eirini Kanata, Garyfallia Kempampidou, Athanasios Dimitriadis, Konstantinos Xanthopoulos, Sotirios Venetis, Roza Lagoudaki, Pashalis Theotokis, Evagellia Nousiopoulou, Olga Touloumi, Nikoleta Delivanoglou, Evie Kesidou, Nikolaos Grigoriadis, Theodoros Sklaviadis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

 
10:15-10:30
Neuralized Mesenchymal Stem Cells: A Novel Cellular Therapy Paradigm for the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis
Ibrahim Kassis, Moriel Ben-Zwi, Panayiota Petrou, Michelle Halime, Dimitrios Karussis,  Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Israel

10:30-11:00

Coffee Break, Networking and Poster Viewing

11:00-12:00

Session 6
Novel and Future Immunotherapies in MS

 


11:00-11:30
Monoclonal Antibodies in MS Treatment
Prof. Hans Peter Hartung, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany


11:30-12:00
Targeting B-Cells with Various Monoclonal Antibodies
Dr. Ron Milo
, Barzilai Medical Center, Israel

12:00-13:00

Lunch Break, Networking and Poster Viewing

13:00-14:30

Session 7
Stem Cell Therapies in MS


13:00-13:30
HSCT in MS

Prof. Paolo Muraro, Imperial College London, UK



 


13:30-14:00
Therapeutic Plasticity of Neural Stem Cells
Prof. Gianvito MartinoSan Raffaele Scientific Institute, Italy

14:00-14:30
Adult Stem Cells with Focus on Mesenchymal Stem Cells in MS
Prof. Dimitrios Karussis, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Israel

14:30-15:00

Coffee Break, Networking and Poster Viewing

15:00-16:00

Session 8
Advanced Visual Function Techniques for Monitoring of MS Activity

 


15:00-15:30
OCT in MS
Mrs. Cosima-Frederike Oertel
, Charite, Germany

 


15:30-16:00
Dynamic Visual Tests
Prof. Netta Levin
, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Israel

 16:00

Congress Closing