Landmark launches, top level speeches and key elections at EMSP’s 25th Anniversary Spring Conference and AGM


The European Multiple Sclerosis Platform (EMSP) held its Annual Spring Conference on 8-9 May, in Dublin, Ireland. Close to 200 participants attended to mark a special occasion: EMSP’s 25th anniversary.

Together with event partners Multiple Sclerosis Ireland (MS Ireland) and Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis (RiMS), EMSP offered those present at the Conference a dynamic mix of presentations, workshops, debates and entertainment.


In the subsequent Annual General Meeting, on 10 May, EMSP elected a new President, Vice President, Young People’s Representative and Executive Committee.

Day 1 of the Conference was endorsed by RIMS and focused on rehabilitation, while Day 2 was organised with the support of MS Ireland and centered on therapies and recent developments in the field of MS.  Among the highlights of the two days:

– Launch of Defeating MS Together, a comprehensively updated version of EMSP’s European Code of Good Practice

– Launch of EMSP’s new Believe and Achieve project

– Launch of the Irish country video included in the Under Pressure project

– Special video message from European Health Commissioner Tonio Borg

– Presentations and addresses from Irish Minister of State for Health, Justice, Equality and Defence, Kathleen Lynch, and European Medicines Agency Head of Department for Patients and Healthcare Professionals, Isabelle Moulon

– Presentations and addresses from specialists such as Prof Peter FeysDr Olivier Heinzlef and Prof Gavin Giovannoni

– A ‘well-being market place’ coordinated by Prof Peter Flachenecker and introducing a brilliantly energising sit-Zumba session from physiotherapist Paul van Asch.

The enthusiastic participation of all delegates was rewarded by a memorable evening of dance and music from traditional bandThe Irish House Party and London-based vocal jazz group Take Twenty.

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EMSP President Anne Winslow

EMSP’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) also had a busy agenda and important decisions to take:

– The successful conclusion of John Golding’s mandate as EMSP President

– The election of a new president in the person of Anne Winslow (pictured above), former EMSP Vice-President.

– The election of a new Vice-President – Antonella Moretti, representing the Italian MS Society (AISM)

– Te re-election of the Treasurer – Torben Damsgaard of the Danish MS Society

– The election of a new Young People’s Representative – MS advocate Shana Pezaro

– The election of a new Executive Committee: Olivier Heinzlef (MS Society of France), Ed Holloway (UK MS Society), Christoph Lotter (Swiss MS Society), Maija Pontaga (MS Society of Latvia) and Constantinos Michalakis (Greek MS Society)

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