To be the pre-eminent organization of Multiple Sclerosis health care providers improving the lives of those affected by multiple sclerosis.OUR MISSION
- Stimulating and facilitating research in the field of multiple sclerosis.
- Developing vehicles to share information and knowledge among CMSC members and the health care community, for the benefit of those affected by MS.
- Developing and implementing mechanisms to influence health care delivery.
- Partnering with other organizations to accomplish the above.
Valuable work continues to be done each year by the executive director, committee chairs, project leaders, and other key members of the CMSC. Some new goals for the coming year include:
- Strengthening the organizational structure and financial base.
- Improving connection and involvement of our interdisciplinary membership (especially new members, rehabilitation professionals, and the VA Special Interest Group, all emerging bodies within the Consortium).
- Soliciting a variety of new CMSC projects which advance our mission, in the areas of clinical care, education, and research (See Vision/Mission statement).
- Building external relations with sponsors, partners, and other professional organizations, who have mutual or supportive mission statements.
- Developing an international presence, to broaden the base of contacts, for the benefit of our health care members and their patients.
- Clarifying our role in advocacy, and methods to influence health care policy/delivery.
- Disseminating information about Multiple Sclerosis care throughout the world.
- Serving as a role model for professional organizations serving those with chronic illness for disability.
Organized in 1986 under the direction of neurologists dedicated to clinical care of MS, the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) has evolved into a multi-disciplinary organization providing a team approach to MS care and a network for all health care professionals and related specialists in the care of persons with MS. Since 1986, the CMSC has grown rapidly. With over 200 member centers in the United States and Canada, represents over 10,000 health care professionals worldwide who provide care for more than 200,000 individuals with MS and their families.
CMSC provides leadership in clinical research and education; develops vehicles to share information and knowledge among members; disseminates information to the health care community and to persons affected by Multiple Sclerosis; and develops and implements mechanisms to influence health care delivery. Through its CMSC North American Research Committee on Multiple Sclerosis (CMSC-NARCOMS) based at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), CMSC-NARCOMS maintains a patient registry, web site, expert forum and research registry to promote Multiple Sclerosis research. We have developed an online journal, the International Journal of Multiple Sclerosis Care (IJMSC) to promote multi-disciplinary approaches to treating persons with Multiple Sclerosis. These projects and others are just a few of the CMSC's activities. To learn about all of our projects, activities, and initiatives, you should join now and become a member of the CMSC team.