IMPORTANT : Due to the new rules concerning the Covid pandemics
(effective only on June 9th and afterwards) our face-to-face MS Symposium (initially on June 5th, 2021) is postponed to June 12th 2021.
Location and programme are unchanged.

The Symposium will be held face-to-face. A Covid protocol will be applied and will guarantee the security of the event.

The ultimate challenge in MS: neuroprotection and remyelination against chronic inflammation

Lectures by Belgian research team leaders
(Dr. P. Maggi, Prof. G. van Loo, Prof. J. Hendriks,
Prof. P. Ponsaerts, Prof. A. des Rieux)
and by two Guest Lecturers,
Prof. Dr. Axel PETZOLD and Prof. Dr. Catherine LUBETZKI

  In collaboration with the Belgian Study Group for Multiple Sclerosis

8:00     Registration – Welcome coffee
9:00Prof. Dr. Christian SINDIC, Chairman Fondation Charcot Stichting
Prof. Dr. Bénédicte DUBOIS, President Belgian Study Group for Multiple Sclerosis
Welcome and presentation of the symposium.
9:15Prof. Dr.  Axel PETZOLD (University College London, UK)
Early MS is already a chronic axonal disease: the case of optic pathways.
9:45Dr. Pietro MAGGI (UCLouvain)
Chronic white matter inflammation and serum neurofilament
in multiple sclerosis.
10:15   Coffee break
10:45Prof. Geert VAN LOO (UGent)
Microglia in CNS inflammation and MS pathology.
11:15Prof. Jerome HENDRIKS (UHasselt)
Targeting foamy macrophages in MS to promote remyelination.
11:45Prof. Dr. Christian SINDIC.
Charcot Fund 2021: presentation of the laureates.
12:30   Lunch
14:00Prof. Peter PONSAERTS (UAntwerpen)
Neuroprotection by IL13-primed microglia and macrophages: a grey zone between detrimental and protective immunomodulatory therapy for neuro-inflammatory disorders.
14:30Prof. Anne des RIEUX (UCLouvain)
Delivery of therapeutics for the CNS.
15:00Prof. Dr. Catherine LUBETZKI (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris)
Remyelination strategy in multiple sclerosis: from biology to clinical translation.
15:30Closing remarks
Farewell cocktail

    Mont des Arts

    Entrance: Glass Entrance
    Mont des Arts/Kunstberg
    B-1000 Brussels


    Metro Station : Gare Centrale – Centraal Station
    Train Station : Bruxelles Centrale – Brussel-Centraal


    Rue des Sols 27 – Stuyversstraat 27 – 1000 Brussels
    Please note: for safety reasons there is no direct access to the venue from the parking

Supported by

The sponsors are not involved in the program and content of the symposium


Fondation Charcot Stichting
Fondation d’utilité publique – Stichting van openbaar nut

Av. Huart Hamoirlaan, 48 – B-1030 Brussels

Tel : + 32 (0)2 426 49 30 –