It's World MS Day today! This annual awareness day has been pioneered by the MS International Foundation (MSIF
) and takes place each year at the end of May. Check here
for events across the Globe.
This years's World MS Day campaign headline is #bringinguscloser, which the organisers translate as follows:
"Research is bringing us closer to ending MS.
To succeed, we need to work together as a global MS community to find ways to improve life with MS now and end MS forever.
The #bringinguscloser campaign is about connecting people affected by MS with those involved in MS research, including scientists, students, nurses, fundraisers, volunteers, and more. It's a chance to come together to celebrate what we've achieved in MS research so far, and share our hopes for the future."
Though BartsMS has not designed a specific event to mark the occasion this year, we certainly feel we regularly practise the 2018 motto as we try and deliver research, clinical skill & commitment and information in the interest of people living with MS at every stage of their condition, and - hopefully - in the future for people not being affected by MS (PreventMS). However, being BartsMS, we have something up our sleeves that maps particularly well on the #bringinguscloser campaign, so watch this space for a post by @prof_mouse as our paper is being typeset at MSJ-ETC.
For last year's World MS Day I was invited to talk at an event in Lisbon entitled "Time matters in MS". You can find a summary of the opinions expressed at this meeting here
, and the slides of my talk below - still quite current one year down.