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AIMS 5th Birthday Summit: A Celebration of Progress and Hope

Updated: Sep 16, 2023



Are you living with Multiple Sclerosis? Are you looking to connect with other patients and their families, learn about the latest advances in MS research, and feel heard and supported? Then join us for the AIMS 5th Birthday Summit on Saturday November 25th at Cutlers Hall, Sheffield


This one-day event will feature a variety of speakers and sessions, (including presentations from some of the world’s leading experts in MS and HSCT for MS), a patient panel discussion, and a fundraising dinner in the evening. It is a unique opportunity to learn about the latest advances in MS research, connect with other patients and their families, and feel empowered to make a difference.


Speakers at the summit include:


Dr Richard Burt, pioneer of HSCT for MS

Dr Majid Kazmi, consultant haematologist in the UK

Professor Gavin Giovannoni, professor of neurology at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Professor John Snowden, professor of clinical neurosciences at the University of Sheffield

Professor Basil Sharrack, professor of haematology at the University of Sheffield

Dr Elisa Roldan Galvan, clinical research fellow at the University of Sheffield

Professor Guillermo J. Ruiz-Argüelles, of Clinica Ruiz in Mexico

Dr Denis A Fedorenko, of Pirogov Hospital in Moscow

Mathew Embry, a patient advocate author, and film maker

Natalie Busari, a patient advocate and founder of The Nerve of My MS

Alison Coates, Co-founder of AIMS

Gwen Higgs, patient support group facilitator

Mindy Watt, patient support group facilitator

Simone Bell, an award-winning coach, author, and speaker

Noëlle Tassy, patient advocate and member of the EBMT Patient Advocacy Committee

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, a patient who has undergone HSCT

Caroline Wyatt, a BBC journalist who has written extensively about MS

Nicola Chapman Haste, a make-up artist and influencer who has undergone HSCT

Ruth MacLeod, the Head of Policy and Campaigns at the MS Society

Claire Winchester, the Head of Policy and Campaigns at the MS Trust


The summit will discuss the latest advances in HSCT for MS, as well as the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. It will also feature breakout sessions on topics such as:


• Challenging MS myths in mainstream media

• The underrepresented: How to make MS research and clinical trials more inclusive for the black community

• Patient advocacy

• Patient support

• The role of the carer

• Living with MS

• The future of MS treatment


The summit is a great opportunity to learn about the latest advances in MS treatment, meet other people affected by MS, and support the work of AIMS. We have been blown away by the interest in our event, tickets are selling fast so get your ticket to join us at our 5th birthday celebration!


Get your tickets here:



We hope you'll join us for this very special event. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against MS.

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