In-between meeting SIG Occupation

We are happy to announce the next in-between meeting for Special Interest Group (SIG) Occupation to be held in Haslev/Copenhagen, Denmark 23. – 24. November 2018

The new title of the meeting will be: «2+2=5 – the syngergies of multidisciplinary rehabilitation in MS»

We would like to promote all the positive effects of health care professionals working together to provide the best MS rehabilitation. The expression 2+2=5 comes from the thought of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts, and in that way rehabilitation is greater than the sum of professionals.

Online registration will soon be open.

Local organizers: Heidi V. Jacobsen and Lene M. Kallmeyer at the Sclerosehospitals in Denmark. For more information, contact ingergrethe.loyning@mssenteret.no or sofie.ferdinand@mscenter.be

SIG Bladder, Bowel & Sexuality in-between meeting

Dear colleagues and friends,

We are pleased to announce the next SIG Bladder, Bowel and Sexual Dysfunction in-between meeting will be hosted in London at the Glasgow Caledonian University LONDON CAMPUS on Friday 26th October 2018, with Doreen McClurg as the local organiser. The theme of this 1-day meeting will be “Innovations in the treatment of the neurogenic bladder and bowel”. This meeting aims to bring together leading researchers and clinicians to discuss the contemporary and innovative scientific and clinical developments related to rehabilitation of the bladder and bowel in MS.

Broadly, the programme for the meeting includes keynote speakers and workshops. Confirmed keynote speakers include: Dr Jalesh Panicker a Consultant Neurologist in Uro-Neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London; . Dr Nikki CotterillPost Doctoral Nurse Fellow, University of west of England with a special interest in the neurogenic bladder and outcome measures and Professor Doreen McClurg, a Physiotherapist with experience in undertaking research in bladder and bowel dysfunction in people with MS. The workshops will be hosted by faculty members and will focus on novel interventions as well as the way forward for the SIG group

The meeting is kindly sponsored by Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis (RIMS) therefore RIMS members do not pay any registration fees. One night’s free accommodation (Thursday or Friday only) will be offered to RIMS members at the nearby IBIS Hotel Whitechapel, members are asked to please consider sharing accommodation) in addition to lunch and refreshments. Non-RIMS members are welcome to attend the meeting (registration £50 for attendance). Non-RIMS members are welcome to stay at the IBIS Hotel or any of the numerous hotels near the location.. RIMS members who wish to benefit from the one night’s free accommodation and Non-RIMS members who would like the preferential room rate must reserve accommodation with conference organisers (Doreen.mcclurg@gcu.ac.uk) by 28th September 2018. Registration for both RIMS and non-RIMS members will be open until 5th October 2018


10.00 Registration and tea/coffee

10.30 Nikki Cotterill – Talk to be confirmed

11.00 Doreen McClurg – Abdominal Massage for bowel dysfunction

11.30 Doreen MCClurg – Video presentation on abdominal massage

12.00 Workshops – Case studies on Neurogenic bowel

12.30 Lunch

1.30 Dr Panicker – Bladder dysfunction and people with MS – causes and treatments

2.00 Workshops – Case studies in the neurogenic bladder

2.30 SIG Bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction – progress on survey, the way forward for the SIG

3.30 -4.00 Summary of the day and suggestions for future topics


Please note that the registration site will open soon!

We are pleased to announce that the call for abstracts for the 2018 SIG Mobility meeting in Glasgow is now open. Abstracts should be submitted as a word document conforming to the guidelines below. Abstracts should be sent to SigMobility@gcu.ac.uk. The closing date for abstracts is Friday 27th of July 2018.

Guidelines for abstract

  • Abstracts should be no more that 250 words (excluding title, authors and affiliations). They should not contain figures or tables.
  • Title
  • Authors and their affiliation
  • Background and Aims(s)
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion

More information on the meeting

RIMS is proud to represent a network of 29 Rehabilitation Centres from 13 countries, 28 Individual Members from 17 countries and 8 Student Members from 4 countries.

Renew your Membership online now and benefit also in 2018 of the following:

  • Annual Conference at reduced registration fee
  • Join a Special Interest Group and benefit from a free hotel night at in-between meetings
  • Make use of the RIMS Grant (€15 000)
  • Take advantage of the Fellowship Exchange Programme (€1000)
  • Get access to Members only E-Educational Material at the RIMS website

How to renew your Membership or join as a new Member? More info: http://eurims.org/administration/how-to-join.html 

See all details on the Membership benefits on http://eurims.org/administration/membership-benefits.html 

RIMS vice-president Daphne Kos was part of the Expert Panel that produced the guide for Health Care Professionals to have Conversations on Work with People with Multiple Sclerosis.

The RIMS Executive Board endorsed the Guide.

This is a guide for neurologists and other health care professionals (HCPs) to help them hold effective conversations regarding work with patients with MS. The document contains information and practical guidance on why, how and when to conduct such conversations.

This guide was produced by the Work Foundation and the European MS Platform.

Download it here.