Thursday, 25 May 2017

#NewsSpeak: Jet-lag and the CMSC 2017 meeting in New Orleans

Jet-lagged, tired and MSed-out in New Orleans; time to take a break? #CMSC2017 #MSBlog #NewsSpeak

I arrived late last night in New Orleans and will be talking at a teaching session this morning. The main objectives of my talk are:
  1. MS is 1 and not 2, 3 or 4 diseases
  2. MS is a length-dependent axonopathy 
  3. Progressive MS is a tractable problem
  4. Neuro-repair is feasible and provides hope for the future
  5. Holistic management of MS#
I am very jet-lagged and tired. I have less than 3 hours sleep on top of several weeks of sleep deprivation. I was meant to be flying back this evening to travel to Scotland for a week's walking holiday doing the Cape Wrath trail. But had to pull out of the walk because of my hip problem; I simply can't do 100+ miles carrying a 20+ kg backpack. I was really looking forward to some time out, but instead my supposed week-off has already filled up rapidly with MS-related activities. I reopened my NHS clinic,  have scheduled several meetings including attending an important biomarker meeting.

The one positive thing about a long trans-Atlantic flight is that I managed to finish 9 writing tasks with plenty more to do. Hopefully, I will be able to maximise some of my free time in New Orleans and next week to complete some more tasks. The life of an academic is no different to any other; we are on a treadmill that seems to be going faster and faster.  

The following is my talk that I will be giving this morning, the programme for the CMSC meeting and a satellite I have been asked to chair are below. Regarding the latter  the previous chair was unable to attend the meeting. The satellite is being hosted by 'MS in the 21st Century' an initiative that focuses on patient engagement. It should be good so if you are in New Orleans please come along. In addition, I am presenting several abstracts and have done already done a Medscape panel discussion.  




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16 comments:

  1. Dear Prof G,

    Have you still not taken care of your hip; have you not had an MRI yet? I know there is 'do as I say and not as I do' but what about the posts on denial in patients?

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    1. Definitely in denial. I don't want to know that I am destined to need a hip replacement.

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    2. Too many marathons,DrK says have a snickers instead.....:-)

      PS You need to be old enough and British to get it.:-)

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    3. The bar was marketed under the name "Marathon" in the UK and Ireland until July 19, 1990, when Mars decided to align the UK product with the global Snickers name (Mars had marketed and discontinued an unrelated bar named Marathon in the United States during the 1970s).

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snickers

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    1. He's not a neuro but he plays a mean piano. Have a beignet at cafe du monde and watch the river go by....take a 30 minute break or so:-)

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  3. ProfG, peopole with SPMS have to manage their fatigue if they are to have a decent quality of life. Obviously you are a popular guy but sometimes you just have to say 'No'. Its not a difficult word but it does pay dividends in the long run :-)

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    1. I agree, but when you say yes eight, or more, months ago to speak on a colleagues teaching session you can't let them down. But I am learning to say no up front; I turned down many speaker invitations in the last few months.

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  4. Gavin Giovannoni,
    Is the Thursday May 25th Late night event open to the public or is it for conference attendees only? It is advertised as an independently supported symposium. I am an MS patient who lives in New Orleans.

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    1. Nicole I think you still have to sign-up for the congress. But I suggest you contact the organisers to see if they will let you attend for this session only. The whole session is about PPI; patient-public involvement.

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    2. I hope you were able to go Nicole. I have read your blog for years!

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  5. Can we trust peer review anymore?

    https://phys.org/news/2017-03-publish-schemes-rampant-science-journals.html

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    1. We have said that the open aceess system has created a cottage industry of crap. There are over 10,000 new titles. I get loads of requests for papers for these rubbish journals. You write a paper then you have to pay a few grand to have it open access. We get offered borad membership and in the sting reported in the paper the editor would get 40% of the fees and the journals 60% of the fees the editor gets their mates tp publish in the crud. I get a few invites a day in my name in the name of MD2 and even DrLove.
      This and the invites to a conference on chemistry in China, where I can have a tour of the great wall for $5,000 as an extra bit of the conference.

      I waste loads of time binning this crud.. Shows what happens when scientists and government dont think a policy through.

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    2. lol the reason your tour costs $5,000 is because it can be declared as an educational conference cost, rather than pharma showering practitioners with gifts - apparently showering practitioners with gifts is not cool anymore.

      but yes, sending them to a conference in china after which they climb the wall and play with the terracota army - that's perfectly fine. they're learning, clearly :)

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    3. Yes when I want a holiday in China I'll be using this excuse:-)

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