A new campaign, aimed at creating a better future for people with multiple sclerosis and their families, was launched on 6 October.
The MS Brain Health campaign is a call to action based on recommendations from a new multidisciplinary consensus report. Brain health: time matters in multiple sclerosis was unveiled at an international symposium on the eve of ECTRIMS, the largest specialist MS conference in the world.
Healthcare professionals and representatives from advocacy groups were among the symposium audience that heard lead author Professor Gavin Giovannoni and colleagues call for the adoption of a therapeutic strategy in MS that aims to maximize lifelong brain health.
“It’s our responsibility to make sure that someone living with multiple sclerosis gets to old age with a healthy brain, so they can withstand the ravages of ageing,” said Professor Giovannoni. “The treatment philosophy is as simple as that.”
The strategy includes early intervention, a clear treatment target, regular monitoring and improved access to disease-modifying therapies (DMTs).
The report has been welcomed by professional associations and advocacy groups, including the European Brain Council (EBC), the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform (EMSP) and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The campaign is urging people to pledge their commitment to spread awareness of multiple sclerosis – and the potential to help people with the disease through embracing the recommendations of the report.