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Mellen Center Update in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – Cleveland Clinic

April 24, 2016 @ 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM


Welcome to the Ninth Annual Mellen Center Update in Multiple Sclerosis.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Benjamin Segal, Professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan and Director of their MS center. He will talk about the emerging issue of B cells in multiple sclerosis. We will continue the B cell theme with a lecture on new therapies which affect this target. Other scientific topics will include a review of the updated classification of MS, novel therapeutics, an update on stem cell therapies, and a discussion on whether switching therapies is the right move in MS care.

This year we also focus on caregiving and communication. We will professionals, recognizing the burden the conditions places not only on the person with MS but all those who work with them. We will discuss effective communication with people with MS, and understanding the adjustment to the diagnosis of MS. A full afternoon session is devoted to rehabilitation strategies and practice management, particularly highlighting new approaches to cognitive therapies.

We hope you find this year’s conference engaging, thoughtful, and worth your time and commitment.

Target Audience

This update is intended for physicians and other health care practitioners involved in the care of patients with MS and related disorders. We will cover a broad range of topics of value to the health care professional and allow for interaction time with attendees. It will also be valuable for those involved in the rehabilitation of patients with MS.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the pathophysiology and the consequences of upper and lower extremity spasticity
  • Analyze the new classification of MS and how this alters clinical practice approaches to categorizing patients with MS.
  • Review the role that B cells play in MS pathogenesis.
  • Discuss the use of B cell therapies in MS care, particularly when to consider these medications in clinical practice.
  • Summarize the research on stem cells and other potential MS therapies and evaluate their potential clinical use.
  • Effectively communicate with patients diagnosed with MS, including strategies to help them adjust to the diagnosis.
  • Discuss the importance of caregiver burden in MS and methods to reduce this burden.
  • Describe strategies for cognitive rehabilitation in patients with MS.


April 24, 2016
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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