The clinical programs located within the Centre are an example of the partnership of Vancouver Coastal Health clinical care and UBC clinical research/trials.
Since the MS/NMO Clinic’s inception in the 1980s, the clinic continues to adopt a multidisciplinary clinical team approach and works closely with imaging scientists and basic scientists, all searching for new, innovative ways to diagnose and treat MS and NMO. The clinic is a national clinical trial centre for new pharmaceutical therapies, imaging research, advanced genetics and immunology research. It is recognized internationally for its unique and innovative approaches and cares for nearly 90 percent of the MS patients in British Columbia.
Training and education are especially vital components of the MS/NMO Clinic. The clinic is actively involved in teaching and mentoring medical students, residents and fellows who may become future MS specialists.
Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) is a chronic and unpredictable disease that has a significant impact on individuals as well as family members and friends. The NMO Clinic and Research program operates alongside the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Clinic at the UBC Hospital and is focused on finding the cause and improving the treatment of NMO. It strives to raise ongoing awareness and to educate and disseminate information about NMO to patients, the public and healthcare professionals.
Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the MS/NMO Clinic.
You must be referred to the MS/NMO Clinic by your family doctor, ophthalmologist or neurologist. You can find the referral form on the clinic’s website
Please have your physician fax this referral form to 604-297-9685.
If you are a patient at the clinic and are looking to confirm an appointment or book a follow-up to go over any tests, you may contact the clinic at 604-822-7131.
You can find resources on the clinic’s website (LINK: https://ms.centreforbrainhealth.ca/ms-clinic/resources). You can also find information on the MS Society of Canada website
Along with seeing patients, the clinic is also extensively involved with MS and NMO research. You can learn more here
If you are interested in learning more about the UBC MS Clinical Fellowship Program or in participating or learning more about research being conducted at the MS/NMO Clinic, please contact Michelle Eisner at 604-827-3111, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, please send your name and contact information to MS.NMO_Research@ubc.ca