Charcot Multiple Sclerosis Master (M.Sc.)

In Cooperation with the European Charcot Foundation

    

In spring 2022, Prof. Dr. Giancarlo Comi, President of the European Charcot Foundation, the experienced neurologist and recognized multiple sclerosis expert Prof. Dr. med. Tjalf Ziemssen and Dresden International University have entered into a close cooperation to jointly offer the first international part-time multiple sclerosis master programme. The master's degree programme is the only comprehensive and curricular continuing education programme in the world that allows professionals to specialize in multiple sclerosis management at the master's level.

The feedback from the participants and lecturers of the first German-speaking matriculation course is very positive and shows that the course concept is working well and that the course objectives are being met. The first pioneer study programme was presented in the Brain Science Paper of 2021: "Innovation in Digital Education: Lessons Learned from the Multiple Sclerosis Management Master´s Program".

Actually this successful study programme concept merges with the concentrated expertise of the European Charcot Foundation Board, and thus with the highest-ranking MS researches of Europe, Asia and America. With the network of the European Charcot Foundation, the program is ready for successful internationalization.

The first study intake is planned in November 2022 on the Annual Meeting of the European Charcot Foundation in Baveno, Italy!

The scientific programme is currently updated by the Scientific Committee under the direction of the European Charcot Foundation. You can apply for the first international intake as well as for the scholarship programmes starting from June.  

We are continuously updating information on this homepage as well as on the homepage of the European Charcot Foundation

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Innovation in education: the course concept

The study approach of placing a single disease entity - multiple sclerosis - at the center of a master's degree programme to train MS specialists represents a novelty within the medical training landscape. This is due to fact that no structured and industry-independent continuing education program centered around MS has existed until now. Although MS as a chronic and/or episodic neurological disease with heterogeneous symptoms and courses is very complex and, moreover, significant innovations in diagnosis and treatment have been achieved in recent years.

The program is designed to give students the opportunity to become MS specialists despite having challenging full-time jobs as the predominant part of the programme is organized with the help of a cloud-based digital hub mainly virtually in the form of lectures, expert discussions, tutorials, case conferences or journal clubs. The programme consists of four semesters. Approximately 1-2 face-to-face visits are scheduled per semester, organized around important professional events such as ECTRIM or the Annual Meeting of the European Charcot Foundation. An important study component is the visits to selected MS centers, to put the course content into practice in job shadowing, practical workshops and hands-on units.

Target group

  • Physicians with advanced training in neurology
  • Advanced MS Nurses with academic background
  • Therapists with academic background
  • MS Scientists in clinic, science and practice
  • MS Professionals from the pharmaceutical industry
  • Biologists with professional MS Focus
  • Psychologists

Module overview

Module 1

Theoretical Principles

Theoretical Principles

  • basics and epidemiology of MS
  • factors of diagnosis and therapy
  • immunological basics
  • basics of pathology and pathophysiology
  • therapeutic interventions
  • methods for disease monitoring

Module 2

Clinical & Diagnostic Aspects

Clinical & Diagnostic Aspects

  • differential diagnostics
  • cerebrospinal fluid and blood tests
  • image-based diagnostic procedures
  • functional effects of demyelination
  • neuropsychological and
  • neuro-urological examination procedures

Module 3

Studies & Statistics

Studies & Statistics

  • evaluation and application of study designs
  • selection of statistical tests
  • interpretation of results
  • analysis of real-world data in the context of MS practice

Module 4

Therapy I

Therapy I

  • differences between the therapy of acute relapses and a disease-modifying or progression-modifying therapy of MS
  • weighing of indications and patient profiles
  • successful therapy strategies for individual patients

Module 5

Therapy II

Therapy II

  • non-drug procedures to treat disease-associated symptoms
  • goals and implementation of symptomatic and complementary therapies
  • neurocognitive and psychological interventions
  • rehabilitative and palliative medical measures

Module 6

Monitoring & Documentation

Monitoring & Documentation

  • patient documentation

  • individual monitoring according to standards and therapy goals

  • health economic aspects

  • new possibilities in the field of e-health

  • MS-specific networks

  • associations & registers

  • big data

Master's thesis

Master's Thesis

Master's Thesis

  • Master's thesis or scientific paper in a peer-reviewed or Pubmed-listed journal (thematic review, meta-analysis, original scientific paper)
  • topic is submitted by the student and finalized by the scientific director of the program

It is important to have a list of the MS centres that will be involved for students’ visits, probably we will need from 5 to 8 MS centres to accommodate 2/4 students.

Timetable for modules in MSM master's programme with indication of ECTS credits

 

Masterstudiengang Multiple Sklerose Management International

Scientific Committee

Prof. Dr. med. Giancarlo Comi

Academic leadership of the Scientific Committee of the European Charcot MS Management Master in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Tjalf Ziemssen

President of the European Charcot Foundation

European Charcot Foundation Homepage

Prof. Dr. med. Tjalf Ziemssen

Scientific director of the course Multiple Sclerosis Management M. Sc.

in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Giancarlo Comi Academic Leadership of the Scientific Committee of the European Charcot MS Management Master

Specialist in neurology, senior consultant and deputy director of the neurological clinic and head of the multiple sclerosis center at the

To The Expert Profile

Prof. Dr. Gilles Edan

Member Scientific Committee of the European Charcot MS Management Master

Member of the Executive Board of the European Charcot Foundation – France

Professor of Clinical Neurology and chair of the Department of Neurosciences, University Hospital of Rennes, Rennes, France.

Prof. Dr. Kazuo Fujihara

Member Scientific Committee of the European Charcot MS Management Master

Member of Board of the European Charcot Foundation - Japan

Fukushima Medical University School of Medicinem, Fukushima, Japan

Prof. em. Dr. Hans-Peter Hartun

Member Scientific Committee of the European Charcot MS Management Master

Member of the Executive Board of the European Charcot Foundation - Germany

Departement of Neurology Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Hans Lassmann

Member Scientific Committee of the European Charcot MS Management Master

Member of the Executive Board of the European Charcot Foundation - Austria

Center for Brain Research, Dept. of Neuroimmunology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Prof. Dr. Letizia Leocani

Member Scientific Committee of the European Charcot MS Management Master

Member of the Board of the European Charcot Foundation - Italy

Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele | UniSR · Department of Neurology MD, PhD, Neurologist,Milano, Italy

Prof. Dr. med. Xavier Montalban

Member Scientific Committee of the European Charcot MS Management Master

Member of the Board of the European Charcot Foundation - Spain

Director of Multiple Sclerosis Centre of Catalonia (Cemcat), Spain

Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Palace

Member Scientific Committee of the European Charcot MS Management Master

Member of the Board of the European Charcot Foundation – United Kingdom

University of Oxford, Nuffield Departement of Clinical Neurosciences, Medical Scienes Devisision, United Kingdom

Prof. Dr. Per Soelberg Sørensen,

Member Scientific Committee of the European Charcot MS Management Master

Member of the Executive Board of the European Charcot Foundation - Denmark

Danish Multiple Sclerosis Center, Department of Neurology, Copenhagen University Hospital Rigshospitalet, Denmark

Prof. Dr. Maria Trojano

Member Scientific Committee of the European Charcot MS Management Master

Member Scientific Committee of the European Charcot MS Management Master

Professor of Neurology & Head of the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Neurosciences and Sense Organs, University of Bari, Italy

 

 

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Overview

degree:
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
place of study: 
primarly virtual
field trips in MS Centres with hands-on units, shadowing and practical workshops in combination with congresses visits
programme start:
November 2022
 
 
 
duration:
4 semesters
ECTS (European Credit Transfer System):
60 ECTS
mode of study: 
part time
course language:
English