World MS Day 2023 Patient Event
Magdeburg University Medical Center presents new aspects in the treatment and diagnosis of multiple sclerosis
For this year's Multiple Sclerosis Patient Seminar, invite Prof. Aiden Haghikia, MD, Director of theUniversitätsklinik für Neurologie Magdeburg and Dr. Med. Heike Stephanik, specialist for neurology and head of the outpatient clinic for multiple sclerosis of the University Hospital for Neurology, together with the regional association DMSG LSA. The patient seminar will take place on May 30, 2023, in the cafeteria of the University Medical Center, in house 41 at Leipziger Str. 44. The event will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is free of charge. During the event, there will be an opportunity for discussion with the lecturing experts.
Under this year's motto "geMeinSam" stark wants the Deutsche Multiple Sklerose Gesellschaft Bundesverband e.V. raise awareness of World MS Day and provide a sense of community for affected people and their families. Prof. Haghikia says:„Our commitment to science and care for MS continues after the pandemic. Face-to-face conversation with those affected is urgently needed to also share developments during the pandemic.“
The event will begin with a welcoming address by Beate Bröcker, the patron of the state association of the DMSG and former state secretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs. The event will be moderated by Dr. Heike Stephanik. The subsequent expert presentations will come from Prof. Haghikia, among others, on the topic of "The role of the gut and nutrition in multiple sclerosis," on which he and his team are currently conducting research. Prof. Haghikia will present new scientific aspects as well as current possible therapeutic approaches in multiple sclerosis. Another aspect not to be neglected is the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis by means of MRI. In his lecture, Prof. Sailer will put multiple sclerosis "into perspective" and thus illustrate the diagnosis of this disease.
In the second part of the event, there will be the opportunity to participate interactively in small discussion rounds with the experts. Questions can be asked about the latest therapy approaches and the application for aids.
Background info on multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, inflammatory disease in which the patient's own immune system damages myelin sheaths in the brain and spinal cord. This can lead to sensory disturbances, fatigue, pain, paralysis and dizziness. MS often progresses in relapses with acute phases of the disease and symptom-free intervals. This form is also called relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. When many relapses occur in a short period of time, experts speak of a highly active disease course. Genetic dispositions, and environmental factors such as smoking, infections, and poor nutrition may be linked to the onset of the disease. Obesity may also be a factor. Many medications are available today for relapsing-remitting MS. The chronic or relapsing form of the disease continues to pose a therapeutic challenge.