News from Europe
By bringing together various sections of our society - namely, people with Parkinson’s and their families, healthcare professionals and patient organisations, European policymakers, the treatment industry, the general public, and the media – the event aims to raise the awareness of Parkinson’s disease across Europe and highlight its effects.
Report launch on access to treatment: ESMP asking for increased affordabitily and accessibility of MS medicines
Austrian Member of the European Parliament Angelika Werthmann organised a debate on inequalities in access to treatment in Europe, on 20 February, to coincide with the launch of a report by Charles River Associates (CRA) entitled “Access to medicines for multiple sclerosis: Challenges and opportunities”. The 55-page report provided the stimulus for a lively debate between representatives of patient organisations, healthcare professionals, EU institutions and industry.
EMSP was represented by Deputy CEO Christoph Thalheim (pictured above, next to MEP Angelika Werthmann), who expressed his hope “that today’s discussions will drive forward concrete actions that will increase the affordability of and access to essential medicines for MS patients across all Member States of the EU”.
The European Multiple Sclerosis Platform (EMSP) was a leading participant in a two-day conference focusing on brain-related issues - BRAI.NS 2014 - organised on 14-15 February, in Barcelona, Spain.
EMSP's President John Golding and Deputy CEO Christoph Thalheim gave keynote speeches in front of a specialised attendance of more than 500 stakeholders from the fields of neurology, brain disorders and research - university professors, neurologists, EU decision-makers and industry partners among them.
John Golding and his wife Elisabeth delivered an inspiring presentation from a patient/ carer perspective, telling the story of how they coped and are coping with multiple sclerosis.
A detailed report on BRAI.NS 2014 is available on EurActiv.
The European Society of Radiology (ESR) is keeping in line with its approach to medical radiation protection and the need for safe, quality medical imaginig by launching the EuroSafe Imaging Campaign. The event is scheduled to take place at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR), to be held in Vienna, on 6-10 March.
The 19th annual RIMS (Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis) conference will take place on 6–7 June in Brighton, United Kingdom, at the Hilton Metropole. The theme is Supporting behaviour change: linking science to clinical practice.
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