café scientifique

No Meeting in August

Next meeting:
Monday 10th September 2018
Time is Brain – New Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis
By Helen Ford

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic inflammatory demyelinating condition which affects the brain and spinal cord. The onset of MS is usually in early adult life and it is the most common acquired cause of disability in the UK in young adults.

Treatments of MS have changed dramatically over the last 20 years. Previously the only available treatments were used to manage symptoms such as pain, spasms or fatigue. Interferon was the first disease modifying treatment to be licensed in 1996. It was the first MS treatment to show any effect on reducing the number of attacks or relapses. Since then there have been exciting new discoveries with new treatments acting on different parts of the immune system. There are now 14 licensed treatments. The newer treatments are much more effective in reducing relapses.

The debate in MS treatment centres now is whether we should be using these powerful treatments at a much earlier stage of MS. Will this prevent loss of nerve fibres as well as reducing inflammation and lead to better long term outcomes for people with MS?



Dr Helen Ford is a consultant neurologist with a special interest in multiple sclerosis. Helen leads a multidisciplinary MS team based at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The team provides a local service for people with MS in Leeds and a tertiary MS Treatment Programme for West Yorkshire and parts of North Yorkshire.

Helen is Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Leeds. She is Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Divisional Lead for the UK NIHR Clinical Research Network. Helen leads the Division 4 team’s research in neurological conditions, neurodegenerative conditions, dementia and mental health.

Helen’s research interests are in the epidemiology of MS, the development of patient reported outcome measures, employment in MS and clinical trials. Helen is the Clinical Lead for the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre appeal.


About Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique is a place where people can meet to hear eminent speakers on all things scientific. The events are extremely popular with lively discussion and informative talks. Topics are always relevant, cutting edge and up-to-date. They are often taken from a wider global discussion.

All are welcome. The Café is held at The New Headingley Club on St Michael’s Road.

For information on topics please check back here for updates or for more information see the e-newsletter or the HDT newsletter.

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Details of previous talks are listed here

Coming soon:

August – No Meeting

Monday 10th September
“Time is Brain – New Treatments for MS”
By Helen Ford

Monday 8th October
Maps, Boundaries and Borders
By Aidan Liggins
(In conjunction with Headingley Festival of Ideas)

Monday 12th November
Leeds Flood Scheme
By Simon Jepps

Monday 10th December


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