Harnessing the Clinical Value of Biomarkers in MS: Diagnosis, Assessment, and Therapeutic Sequencing

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Program Description

Multiple sclerosis is a complex disease with several mechanisms contributing to its pathophysiology. Early diagnosis and treatment is extremely important in MS because early intervention can help slow the disease process and the progression of disability. Biomarkers may be able to identify which processes are at work and hold promising value in the diagnosis and stratification of MS type, identification of disease stage, prediction of disease course, selection of treatment, detection of response to treatment, improvement of prognostic capabilities, and the evaluation of novel therapeutics. With recent advances in biomarkers research, MS clinicians must have the knowledge and skills to appropriately incorporate the use of biomarkers into MS diagnosis and treatment.


The goal of this educational program is to improve clinicians’ understanding of emerging molecular biomarkers in MS and provide a better understanding of how these markers are related to pathologic processes, disease activity, and clinical progression, in order to improve patient care and outcomes.


Francisco J. Quintana, MD (Chair)
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Center for Neurologic Diseases
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Aaron E. Miller, MD
Professor of Neurology and Medical Director
The Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis
Mount Sinai Medical Center
New York, NY

Suhayl Dhib-Jalbut, MD
Professor with Tenure and Chairman
Department of Neurology
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Chief, Neurology Service
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick, NJ

Target Audience

This activity is intended for clinicians, neurologists, and other health care providers actively involved in the care of patients with multiple sclerosis.

Educational Objectives

This program is designed to address the following IOM competencies: provide patient-centered care and employ evidence-based practice.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Recognize the limitations of the current standard-of-care in MS and the need to incorporate biomarkers into management decisions
  • Using biomarkers, develop algorithms to guide initiation and sequencing of disease-modifying therapy (DMT) for potential maximum impact
  • Apply diagnostic biomarkers to allow for earlier diagnosis of MS
  • Assess the clinical utility of biomarkers to monitor disease activity and response to DMT


Registration and Dinner:   4:45pm – 5:15pm
CME Program:   5:15pm – 6:45pm

4:45 – 5:15pm


Registration and Dinner
5:15 – 5:20pm   Introduction and Welcome – Dr. Quintana
5:20 – 5:40pm   Need For Biomarkers in MS Care – Dr. Miller
5:40 – 6:00pm   Current Use of Biomarkers to Guide Therapy - Dr. Dhib-Jalbut
6:00 – 6:20pm   Emerging Biomarkers for Diagnosis and Surveillance – Dr. Quintana
6:20 – 6:40pm   Panel Discussion and Question & Answer Session – Faculty Panel
6:40 – 6:45pm   Summary and Concluding Remarks – Dr. Quintana


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Potomac Center for Medical Education and Rockpointe. The Potomac Center for Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

The Potomac Center for Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For questions regarding CME credit, the post-test, evaluation, please email contact@potomacme.org.

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All persons in a position to control the content of a continuing medical education program sponsored by the Potomac Center for Medical Education are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest to PCME as well as to learners. All conflicts are identified and resolved by PCME in accordance with the Standards for Commercial Support in advance of delivery of the activity to learners.

The content of this activity was vetted by an external medical reviewer to assure objectivity and that the activity is free of commercial bias.


To complete this activity and receive credit, the participant must attend the program, and complete the evaluation form. A CME certificate will be mailed within 6-8 weeks.

There are no fees associated with this program.


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