EAN / ECTRIMS agreement for collaboration signed
Prof. G. Deuschl, President of the EAN and Prof. X. Montalban, President of ECTRIMS are pleased to announce that:
The EAN has joined ECTRIMS to promote optimal management of multiple sclerosis (MS) in Europe. In Europe, the EAN and ECTRIMS are the leading societies for neurologists and MS specialists, respectively. This new collaboration aims at enhancing education, scientific endeavors, and building the critical mass of expertise to achieve excellence in MS diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation in Europe. Jointly, the two organizations will be able to lobby more effectively in Brussels for harmonization of MS therapy and other neurological diseases, and for strengthening funding for research on MS in Europe.
To achieve these goals the two societies have agreed to collaborate on the following specific activities:
- Annual Scientific Conferences: to establish permanent joint sessions at each other’s annual meetings and other relevant conferences;
- Best Practice Guidelines: ECTRIMS and EAN have joined forces to produce ECTRIMS-EAN Clinical practice guideline on the pharmacological treatment of people with Multiple Sclerosis;
- Optimizing Education: to encourage attendance of members at summer schools, teaching courses and visiting doctor exchanges;
- Liaison: to encourage links with other relevant Societies.
The two societies’ mutual aspirations are complementary and fit well together. The EAN represents neurologists, for whom MS is one area of interest amongst the other neurological disorders. ECTRIMS represents all MS specialists, neurologists and non-neurologists. The EAN will include ECTRIMS in any collaboration with other partners concerning MS, and both parties will keep each other informed on issues related to MS including multinational initiatives. The EAN strives to provide the “general neurologist” with high-quality fully updated information from subspecialist fields. Strong working relationships with subspecialties enhance access to expert advice for guidelines and high quality speakers at conferences.
More on EAN can be found at: www.EANeurology.org
More on ECTRIMS can be found at: www.ectrims.eu