On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I am honored to invite you to the International Symposium “Stem Cell Transplantation in Multiple Sclerosis: Sharing the Experience”, which is scheduled to take place in Moscow, Russia on the 5th of October, 2009.
The Symposium is focused on the new modality of multiple sclerosis treatment – immunosuppressive therapy followed by autologous stem cell transplantation. Centers in Europe, North and South America, Russia, China, Israel and Australia have successfully performed this procedure, and, to date, more than 600 stem cell transplantations in multiple sclerosis have been performed worldwide. Along with promising results there are a number of unclear and challenging issues that are worth studying.
The Symposium intends to share the newly acquired knowledge in the field, to discuss the challenges and perspectives of the method, and to develop collaborative projects. The topics to be covered within the symposium include:
- Regimens of conditioning: Immunoablation or immunosuppression?
- Types of transplantation: autologous or allogenic?
- Posttransplant immunological reconstitution
- Side effects
- Outcome measures: clinical, imaging, patient-reported outcomes
- Posttransplant neurorehabilitation
- Long-term follow-up results
- Proposal for cooperative studies
We invite the submission of abstracts on the above aspects of stem cell transplantation in multiple sclerosis. All abstracts will be reviewed by an international committee and a number of abstracts will be selected for oral presentation within the Symposium.
I hope this Symposium will open new possibilities for scientific and clinical collaboration and will contribute to the improvement of quality of care in patients with multiple sclerosis.
I also hope, of course, that you will find some time to explore the beautiful sites of constantly changing and always wonderful Moscow, the capital of Russia, with its architecture, which combines the features of both Oriental and Western cultures.
I look forward to welcoming you to Moscow in October 2009.
Prof. Yury L. Shevchenko MD, PhD
Chairman, Organizing Committee
President, Pirogov National Medical Surgical Center,