The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC)

Functional Brain Abnormalities & Marijuana the Opening Lecture at the CMSC Annual Meeting

Leading Educational Conference for Multiple Sclerosis Clinicians & Researchers to Take Place May 27-30 in Indiana


Hackensack, NJ -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/22/2015 -- Medical marijuana is becoming legal in many states throughout the US, and its use by MS patients is growing. Providing the most current information on "MS, Cannabis and Cognitive Dysfunction: Insights from Brain Imaging," will be the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) Annual Meeting's Opening Lecture, given by Anthony Feinstein, MD, PhD., Professor at the Department of Psychiatry of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre & the University of Toronto. The CMSC Annual Meeting, May 27-30, 2015 in Indianapolis, IN, is the only event in North America that provides health care professionals, from a wide range of disciplines, with the latest information, treatment advancements, and research in multiple sclerosis.

The opening lecture, on Wednesday, May 27th, which kicks off the CMSC Annual Meeting agenda, will focus on the cognitive and imaging changes that are associated with smoked cannabis. Dr. Feinstein will provide a brief historical overview of cannabis as a medicinal agent and will touch upon the various types of cannabis, the pharmacokinetics of the drug, and the three kinds of pharmaceutically manufactured cannabis that are available and how these drugs may (or may not) affect cognition.

The results of four studies will be explained, and the cognitive side effects of cannabis use will be weighed against the benefits of treatment, most notably for pain relief. "This session will give prescribers of cannabis the most current findings of its effect on cognitive functioning in MS patients," added Dr. Feinstein.

The Opening Lecture at the CMSC Annual Meeting is part of a robust educational program that includes lectures, workshops, symposia, roundtables, panel discussions and poster and platform presentations. Nine learning tracks cover basic science; psychosocial: cognitive, depression; disease management; symptom management; nursing; rehabilitation; comprehensive care; research; and skills development.

The CMSC Annual Meeting offers conference delegates continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and social workers. Credits for psychologists and occupational therapists are pending approval by APA and AOTA, respectively. Several independently supported satellite programs will also offer additional accredited learning opportunities in multiple sclerosis.

The CMSC Annual Meeting is being held May 27-30 at the JW Marriott and Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN, home of the Indy 500 and a vibrant downtown area with a wide variety of attractions and diverse restaurants.

The all-inclusive registration fee for the CMSC Annual Meeting includes access to the entire conference program, exhibits, organized meals, networking forums and most social events. There is a discounted rate for CMSC Members and for advanced online registrations. Medical students and interns can receive a special student rate.

For more information and to register, call 201-487-1050 or visit:

About Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers
CMSC, the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, is the leading educational, training, and networking organization for MS healthcare professionals and researchers. The CMSC mission is to promote quality MS care through educational programming and accreditation including live and online events, research grants, technical journals and papers, and targeted advocacy efforts. The CMSC member network includes more than 7,000 international healthcare clinicians and scientists committed to MS care as well as more than 60 Veterans Administration MS Programs and 225 MS Centers in the US, Canada, and Europe. The 2015 CMSC Annual Meeting will take place May 27-30, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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