Opening of the ECTRIMS Congress
The Queen delivers a speech at the congress at 09.00 and thus marks the official opening of the ECTRIMS gathering, which takes place for the 29th time. Approximately 7500 persons are expected to take part in the congress, which has the purpose of facilitating knowledge exchange and promoting new research among researchers, medical practitioners and carers involved with multiple sclerosis.
This year, the congress focuses on the significance genetics have in regard to multiple sclerosis, including the increasing number of women diagnosed with the disease relative to the number of men. In addition, there will be a special programme directed to multiple sclerosis nurses, focusing on support for families affected by the disease. At the congress, there will be more than 1000 presentations of new studies about multiple sclerosis.
The organization known as The European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) is behind the conference, which for the second time since 1996 is being held in Copenhagen, this time in the Bella Center.
The Queen is the patron of the Danish Multiple Sclerosis Society.