About this event

  • Date and time Tue 29 Sep 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Clinical Neurosciences

This webinar will examine historical perspectives on the current state of multiple sclerosis  knowledge and explain how the advances in treatment are the product of work on the aetiology and pathogenesis that has evolved gradually, with errors along the way, over the last two hundred years.

Alastair Compston, Professor Emeritus of Neurology, University of Cambridge, will guide you through the multiple sclerosis story highlighting; the heroic contributions and the less glamorous distractions, the efforts to improve public awareness of the disease, and its excursions into literary and cultural life. All underpinned by the wish to settle the hopes and fears of future affected individuals.

Multiple sclerosis

In 2020, a reasonable formulation would consider multiple sclerosis to involve a distinct geographical distribution resulting from the interplay of environmental and genetic aetiological factors, such as; inflammatory and degenerative disease mechanisms working in sequence or in parallel expressed as an evolving phenotype characterised by an intermittent and then progressive course leading to gradual accumulation of disability, clinical features and their pathological substrate represented by various surrogate laboratory biomarkers, and the availability of therapies that modify the course of the illness but varying in their risks and benefits making for complex prescribing algorithms.

Webinar topics include:

  • The value and timelines of research in improving the practice of neurological medicine
  • Avoid the error of concluding that current medical practice is divorced from its history
  • Respect the contributions of pioneers in medicine working within the limits of ideas prevalent in their times

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Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

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