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Information sessions with
Dr Gretchen Hawley

Monday 20 February 2023 at 2pm 

Remyelinationby Dr Gretchen Hawley

This introduction session will be going into detail about what remyelination is, its creation to slow down the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) and information about a new class of Disease Modifying Treatments (DMTs) in the trial phases which promotes remyelination.

Current research trials for producing remyelination include Bruton’s Tyrosine Kinase (BTK) Inhibitors which are a type DMT for MS currently being tested for relapsing, primary and secondary progressive MS. What makes BTK special is how it can target specific immune cells that attack the myelin while retaining the helpful immune cells, something not commonly seen with DMT’s currently available. 

Remyelination is the production of new myelin sheaths that protect the nerve fibres or axons ensuring the electrical impulses are carried to the intended destination within eh nervous system. To slow down the progression of MS, remyelination needs to be able to repair the nerve fibres, since the nerve fibre itself cannot be recovered or regenerated once lost. 

Dr Gretchen Hawley will provide an understanding of the remyelination process, how this can create a slowing of progression and review the types of BTK Inhibitors currently being researched. 

Session outline 

– What is remyelination? 

– How to create remyelination to slow MS progression 

– New class of Disease Modifying Therapy (BTK Inhibitors) 

The session will finish with time for questions and answers from Dr Hawley.  

We hope you can join us however if you can’t make the session live, don’t worry as we will be recording the presentation and making it available to watch again for all those registering in advance. 

We have a suggested donation for all our classes of £5, but you can donate of your choosing from of £1. If you are unable to donate, please contact us to see how you can access the online classes at register@ms-uk.org. 

If you would like to know more about this session or would like help registering, please email register@ms-uk.org. 

About Dr Hawley

Dr Hawley is a physiotherapist and Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist through the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centres based in the USA. 

She has a special interest in the management and wellness of MS patients and presents as the Keynote Speaker at numerous MS events including Living Well with MS events sponsored by the MS Society in addition to MS Views & News. Other collaborations include national MS organisations, including the National MS Society, MS Association of America, and MS Foundation. Additionally, Dr Gretchen shares her expertise with MS support groups, podcasts, and on her own YouTube and social media channels. 

Dr Hawley developed an Online MS Wellness Program, The MSing Link, specifically geared towards helping people with MS in their own homes and uses social media to create more awareness around MS and neuroplasticity exercises that can help improve the quality of life for individuals living with MS.

Please see the feedback from our previous information sessions from Dr Hawley that included ‘Neuroplasticity and changes with exercise’ and ‘Exercise – the difference between regular and functional exercise’

Just a note to say how inspiring I found this presentation to be. Having had MS for approx 30 years. I must admit to feeling fairly sceptical that I would hear anything new. In fact, it wasn’t so much that this was all definitely new, but it was the way it was conveyed to people like me. I think it took away a continual feeling of failure and replaced it with a new mindset – Chris

A really excellent presentation. Incredibly informative and made so much sense

I thought yesterday’s presentation was fantastic. The Dr was inspiring and enlightened me to things I’ve being doing not quite right for years. I certainly took a lot away from it and thoroughly enjoyed listening – Pam

Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated Gretchen’s talk on neuroplasticity this week.  I had rather given up on exercise as not really helping me (I am in my 70’s) but Gretchen’s advice has motivated me to try again and try better. So, I am resuming my exercises and paying more attention to carrying them out correctly.  She was spot on about the need to change one’s mindset too. I do equate walking with fatigue and difficulty and should endeavour to get out of this negative thinking cycle