With the joint RIMS-ECTRIMS conference (September 11-13, Stockholm) just around the corner, RIMS has busy weeks ahead! The RIMS board is very much looking forward to the conference, which promises to be a successful event, giving participants the opportunity to interact with healthcare professionals, researchers and patient representatives sharing knowledge and experiences on topics related to rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis.


As the RIMS-ECTRIMS conference is approaching fast, the ECTRIMS organising team is sharing some numbers! They crossed the 8000 registrations and have a total of 8132 registrations from 99 different countries now (as per 21 August 2019).

The top 3 countries are:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany

RIMS exhibition booth at RIMS-ECTRIMS

Booth D52

Are you participating at the RIMS-ECTRIMS Conference? Come and meet us at the RIMS booth (D52)! The RIMS booth will be manned by RIMS Board members, SIG chairs and co-chairs and other RIMS supporters.

'Nine-hole-peg-test' competition

We challenge you to participate in the RIMS "Nine-hole-peg-test" competition. Join us at the RIMS booth and try to be the fastest in the competition!

The top 5 participants with the fastest total time taken to complete the Nine-hole-peg-test, will be displayed on a board during the day. At the end of each day, the winner will receive a special prize. In addition, all participants of the competition have the opportunity to participate in the RIMS Lottery where they can win the RIMS "grand prize".

RIMS programme at RIMS-ECTRIMS Conference

Teaching courses, educational and scientific sessions

Our RIMS faculty are invited as speakers or chairs at RIMS-ECTRIMS. Please find below an overview of the RIMS teaching courses, educational and scientific sessions.

Wednesday, 11 September 08:00 - 09:30 Hall H
  • Educational Session 5: Rehabilitation in Progressive MS
  • Chairs: J. Freeman (Plymouth, UK) - P.L. Eelen (Melsbroek, BE)
  • 08:00 - 08:30 Rehabilitation approaches in progressive MS - J. Freeman (Plymouth, UK)
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Bladder and bowel in progressive MS - P.L. Eelen (Melsbroek, BE)
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Caregiver burden in progressive MS - V. Matthews (Herts, UK)
  17:00 - 19:30 Meeting Room K14
  • SIG in-between meeting Patient Autonomy
Thursday, 12 September 10:00 - 11:30 Hall D
  • Scientific Session 1: How Can Rehabilitation Influence the Progression of MS?
  • Chairs: S. Johansson (Stockholm, SE) - J. Freeman (Plymouth, UK)
  • 10:00 - 10:20 Exercise therapy in MS – a disease-modifying role? - U. Dalgas (Aarhus, DK)
  • 10:20 - 10:40 Coping strategies when living with MS progression - L.B. Strober (East Hanover, US)
  • 10:40 - 11:30 Platform presentations of related original papers
  14:15 - 15:45 Hall D
  • Scientific Session 2: Challenges in Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Chairs: A. Solari (Milan, IT) - J. Sastre Garriga (Barcelona, ES)
  • 14:15 - 14:35 Strategy training – curse or blessing? - P. Hämäläinen (Masku, FI)
  • 14:35 - 14:55 Cognitive rehabilitation for attention and memory in multiple sclerosis: results of the CRAMMS trial - R. Dasnair (Nottingham, UK)
  • 14:55 - 15:45 Platform presentations of related original papers
  16:15 - 17:15 T3
  • Progressive MS: Losing Mobility
  • Chairs: V. de Groot (Amsterdam, NL) - A. Guldhammer Skjerbæk (Ry, DK)
  • 16:15 - 16:35 Diagnosing and treating gait problems using gait analysis - V. de Groot (Amsterdam, NL)
  • 16:35 - 16:55 Ensuring an effective training to deal with mobility loss - A. Guldhammer Skjerbæk (Ry, DK)
Friday, 13 September 10:30 - 12:00 Hall D
  • Educational Session 22: Rehabilitation: one size doesn't fit all
  • Chairs: S. Coote (Limerick, IR) - V. de Groot (Amsterdam, NL)
  • 10:30 - 10:50 Patient centered approach in rehabilitation - D. Kos (Leuven, BE)
  • 10:50 - 11:10 Wearable technology: how can we use it to measure and improve functioning in MS - G. Brichetto (Genoa, IT)
  • 11:10 - 12:00 Platform presentations of related original papers
  16:00 - 16:15 Hall A
  • Best poster/oral presentation - awards
  • Presentation of selected poster awards, awards for best oral presentations by young researchers, awards for best RIMS poster and best RIMS oral presentation, the MSIF award as well announcement of ECTRIMS Honorary Members

The full ECTRIMS scientific programme can be found via the following link.

Oral and poster presentations

The selected poster awards, awards for the best oral presentations by young researchers, awards for the best RIMS poster and the best RIMS oral presentation will be announced on Friday, 13 September from 16:00 until 16:45.

SIG Patient Autonomy

We would kindly invite you to participate to the SIG ‘Patient Autonomy’ in-between meeting to be held at RIMS-ECTRIMS 2019, 11 September 2019 from 17:00 until 19:00. The meeting will take place in meeting room K14.

During the in-between meeting we would like to discuss two project ideas. At 17:00, we will discuss the 'Motherhood choice in MS'. Then, from 18:00-19:00 we will discuss the ideas for PwMS with progressive MS ('Advance care planning' for people with severe MS, Information for people with primary progressive MS).

Please find the agenda here for further details about the project ideas.

Twitter account

Not able to join us at RIMS-ECTRIMS? Follow the highlights of the RIMS-ECTRIMS Conference on our twitter account @euRIMS!  Are you participating at RIMS-ECTRIMS? Do not hesitate to share your experiences on social media (Twitter, LinkedIn...) by using the hashtags #RIMS-ECTRIMS2019, #rehabilitation, @euRIMS.


We are pleased to invite you to the 35th Congress of ECTRIMS which will be held together with the 24th Annual Conference of Rehabilitation in MS (RIMS) and which will take place 11 - 13 September 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Check the link for more information: https://www.ectrims-congress.eu/2019/welcome/welcome-to-stockholm.html

RIMS is pleased to offer a Fellowship Exchange Programme (RIMS Fellowship) that started in Autumn 2008.

The fellowship is available to young European professionals, preferably non-doctors, in order to facilitate their training in rehabilitation related to Multiple Sclerosis among RIMS Member Centres. RIMS will support up to four fellowships annually, each with duration of one week, with a refunding of € 1000.

The deadline for the application for the fellowship exchange programme is coming closer! Fill in the Application Form and send it back to the RIMS Secretariat before July 1st 2020
Please contact the RIMS Secretariat when you have any questions regarding the fellowship.

More information:

The goal of the programme is to promote the multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation in MS and to encourage the exchange of information and professional growth for those working in the field of MS. 

Fellows are expected to identify themselves as representing a RIMS member centre (or as individual RIMS membership) prior to application. Please check the criteria HERE.

In order to attain the fellowship, the fellow needs to fill in the Application form. In addition, the centre the fellow intends to visit should show that they are able to organise the visit for up to one week (Receiving centre form). After this, also the Refunding form must be fulfilled and sent to the RIMS secretariat in order to achieve the fellowship refunding.

The RIMS Executive Board expects a short Evaluation report within three weeks after the visit.



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On behalf of RIMS, we thank the delegates and faculty for making our 1st RIMS Workshop 'Rehabilitation in Progressive MS' a success. The Workshop took place at the Scandic Hotel in Copenhagen (DK), on Thursday 6 December 2018. 

We are proud that we can call our first workshop of the RIMS 'going local tour' a success. Every year we will organize this workshop in another city in Europe. With this tour, we want to give everyone access close to home. 

Have a look at the website: www.rims-workshop.org/Copenhagen2018.

Below you can find the full programme of the workshop and the presentation of the welcome lecture, given by Vincent de Groot and Anders Skjerbaek.

Interested in the presentations of other lectures? Do not hesitate to contact the RIMS Secretariat and we are happy to send them to you by mail!

 08:30 - 10:00                   
Registration and Breakfast
 10:00 - 10:15 Welcome
Speakers: Vincent de Groot - Anders Skjerbaek
 10:15 - 10:45 KEY NOTE I
Symptoms and Issues in Progressive MS
Speaker: Vincent de Groot
 10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break
 11:00 - 12:30 PRACTICAL SESSION 1 (rotating sessions)
1. Physical Outcome Measures in MS (MANUAL)
Speaker: Anders Skjerbaek
2. Managing Time and Energy in Daily Life
Speaker: Daphne Kos
3. Dysphagia in MS
Speaker: Leonie Ruhaak
 12:30 - 13:10 Lunch and network
 13:10 - 13:30 Patient Testimonial
 13:30 - 14:00 KEY NOTE II
Rehabilitation in Progressive MS
Speaker: Jenny Freeman
 14:00 - 15:30 PRACTICAL SESSION 2 (rotating sessions)
 1. Industry Workshop by LEMCO
 2. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation - Cognitive Training and other Techniques
Speaker - Päivi Hämäläinen
 3. Management Techniques Bladder and Bowel Problems
Speaker: Piet Eelen
 15:30 - 15:45 Coffee break
 15:45 - 16:15 KEY NOTE III
Implications of Exercise in Progressive MS
Speaker: Ulrik Dalgas
 16:15 - 16:45 Q&A Session
 16:45 - 17:00 Concluding remarks




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After a successful Annual RIMS conference, which took place from June 20-22 in Ljubljana, we would like to present you the Take Home Messages.

A summary of the Annual Conference will follow soon.