This complimentary CME educational activity is designed for all neurology-focused physicians, nurses, NPs, academicians, pharmacists, researchers, investigators, and program directors managing, referring, and/or consulting on patients with neurological disorders, with a focus on multiple sclerosis. We welcome neurology-focused clinicians with a medical and educational needs in the fields of general neurology, multiple sclerosis, internal medicine, and other providers that are part of the multidisciplinary team caring for patients with these and related conditions.
Participation in this iQ&A interactive Medical Intelligence Zone for Multiple Sclerosis is complimentary, and clinicians are invited to view this CME-certified program and/or share this invitation with other colleagues, departmental staff members, and healthcare professionals.
Supported by an independent educational grant from Teva Neuroscience
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of The University of Massachusetts Medical School, Office of CME and CMEducation Resources, LLC. The University of Massachusetts Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Credit Designation Statement
The University of Massachusetts Medical School designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Policy on Faculty & Provider Disclosure
It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts Medical School to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all activities. All faculty participating in CME activities sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School are required to present evidence-based data, identify and reference off-label product use and disclose all relevant financial relationships with those supporting the activity or others whose products or services are discussed. Faculty disclosure will be provided in the activity materials.
Program Faculty and Disclosure
Ben W. Thrower, MD
MS Institute at Shepherd Center
Clinical Instructor, Neurology
Consultant: Teva Neuroscience Speaker: Teva Neuroscience Research support: Acorda
Daniel Pelletier, MD
Departments of Neurology and Radiology
Andy and Debbie Rachleff Distinguished Professor of Neurology
Director, Advanced Imaging in Multiple Sclerosis (AIMS) Laboratory
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, California
Nothing to disclose
Patricia Coyle, MD
Acting Chair, Department of Neurology
Professor of Neurology
Department of Neurology
Director, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Comprehensive Care Center
School of Medicine, Stony Brook, (SUNY)
Stony Brook, New York
Jerry S. Wolinsky, MD
Bartels Family and Opal C. Rankin Professor of Neurology
Director, Multiple Sclerosis Research Group and
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Analysis Center
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Grant/research support: National Institutes of Health, sanofi-aventis, and Clayton Foundation for Research Consulting fees: Teva Pharmaceuticals, Teva Neurosciences, Genentech, Inc., sanofi-aventis, Bayer, EMD Serono, Glycominds, Novartis, Antisense Therapeutics, Ltd., UCB, and Novartis
Rohit Bakshi, MD, MPH
Director, Laboratory for Neuroimaging Research
Partners Multiple Sclerosis Center
Associate Professor of Neurology & Radiology
Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Norman Kachuck, MD Associate Professor of Neurology
Chief, Neuroimmunology Division,
Department of Neurology
Director, Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center and Research Group
Vice-Chair, Health Sciences IRB
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, California
Nothing to disclose
Kenneth P. Johnson, MD
Professor of Neurology
Director, Maryland Center for Multiple Sclerosis
University of Maryland Medical Center
Robert P. Lisak, MD, FAAN, FRCP
Parker Webber Chair in Neurology
Professor and Chair of Neurology
Professor of Immunology and Microbiology
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit Medical Center
Chief of Neurology
Harper University Hospital
Program Managers and Web Editor Disclosure Program Manager Gideon Bosker, MD have nothing to disclose.
Program Reviewers Denise Leary and Richard Aghababian, MD have nothing to disclose.
Upon completion of this activity, participants will:
Better understand the date, expert analysis, and evidence supporting the foundation role of immunomodulation therapy (IMT) for long-term efficacy, safety, neuronal preservation, and disability mitigation in MS
Be better able, in the clinical setting, to balance efficacy benefits against safety risks to achieve long-term efficacy with IMT
Become more clinically skilled at applying evidence and conclusions from long-term follow-up trials with IMT to the front lines of MS practice
Be better able to apply first-line therapy with immune-modulating agents (IMTs) to specific patient subgroups with MS
Be better able to understand the efficacy and safety issues associated with immunosuppressive agents for MS, with a focus on patient selection, monitoring, risks for infection, and mechanisms of action
Become more clinically proficient, based on clinical trial data, at optimizing long-term functional and financial outcomes in RRMS with immunomodulation therapy
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