Research Link- Relationship Between Disease-Modifying Therapy and Depression in MS

Relationship Between Disease-Modifying Therapy and Depression in MS

“Many prescribers of disease-modifying therapies for multiple sclerosis believe that interferon beta (IFNB) is more likely that glatiramer acetate (GA) to increase depression during the course of MS treatment.  Therefore, newly diagnosed patients with a history of depression are often placed on GA therapy from the onset of MS treatment.  The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between disease-modifying therapy type and depression among patients with relapsing-remitting MS. Patients with RRMS who remained on a single course of therapy (either IFNB or GA) were asked to complete the Beck Depression Inventory at treatment initiation and every 6 months thereafter for up to 4 years. Neither interferon beta nor glatiramer acetate appeared to exacerbate depressive symptoms in patients with relapsing-remitting MS who remain on their initial therapy”

For the original study by Kirzinger et al : click here



NMO 2nd Annual 5KM Walk/Run

Photo by Cheryl Kathler

Photo by Cheryl Kathler

A bright spring day, a sea of vibrant green shirts, and a courageous mom determined to raise money and support for NMO.

The 2nd Annual Walk/Run for NMO created an electric buzz at Rocky Point Park on June 1st. Nancy Reimer, the determined organizer, remarked “I just had to step back and go whoa.”

Nancy’s son, Riley, was diagnosed with Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) nearly three years ago. Often misdiagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis, NMO is a similar disease, but is diagnosed and treated differently. According to the UBC NMO Clinic, attacks may include severe sudden vision loss or optic neuritis and severe transverse myelitis with evidence of a “long cord lesion” on MRI.

When Riley was diagnosed, Nancy faced the discouraging reality that sufficient resources and support for those affected by NMO did not exist. Out of frustration came her desire to start fundraising and gathering support for her son and others affected by NMO through a charity walk event.

In its second year, the Annual 5KM Walk/Run for NMO was an uplifting and successful family event. Upwards of 450 people arrived ready to don their green t-shirt and walk or run the 5km scenic route together. Riley’s school, Eagle Ridge Elementary, wasa huge supporter and this year’s walk even had out of province participants and a 40 person flash mob from Port Moody School of Dance.

Dr. Traboulsee, an NMO specialist, spoke and drove home the message that fundraising events do make a positive impact on NMO research. Under the banner of “I am Courage, I am not Alone, Standing Together to Find a Cure for NMO” over $20,000 was raised for the UBC NMO Clinic and the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation.

Nancy crossed the finish line with Riley by her side; together they illustrate how an unpredictable disease with no cure can be braved.

For more information on NMO visit the UBC Clinic website: & for information on the services provided by the MS Society visit the MS Society website.

Camps for MS



Hi, I’m Jake. I’m currently heading into Grade 12, and this summer I set up an initiative to help out the MS community. Last year, I became interested in MS after participating in a Philanthropy project. I learned that people with MS struggle in hot weather and become fatigued easily. I wanted to find a way to aid the tired parents.

I love summer camps and St. Georges High School and West Point Grey Academy were my favorites! I contacted both schools and started Camps for MS (CAMS.) If it becomes a success, I hope to involve more schools next summer. If you would like more information contact me at

What does CAMS offer?

  • Free spots to summer camp for kids who have a parent living with MS
  • Spots available at St. Georges High School and West Point Grey Academy’s summer camp
  • For kids ages 5-12
  • Limited # of spots available

To apply download this form –>  CAMS Application and send to

West Point Grey Academy
4125 West 8th


Camps are one week long and run from June 23rd to July 25th. Children ages 4-12 may choose from a variety of camps, from Skimboarding and Weird Science, to Lego and Actor’s Studio. Camp can be for the full day, in the morning from 9-12pm or 1-4pm in the afternoon.
To visit the camp’s website, click here.

St. Georges High School
4175 West 29th

st georges

Camps are one week long and run from June 30th to August 15th. Children ages 5-14 may choose from a variety of camps ranging from robotics and woodworking to Glee club, rhythmic gymnastics and many more! Start and end times vary between the different camps. To visit the camp’s website, click here.

CAMS Application

BC PharmaCare Drug Review

BC PharmaCare is currently undergoing a drug review process of alemtuzumab (LEMTRADA™) and would like your input!!

Deadline is Friday, July 11th. (You don’t need to have tried the drug)

If you are a patient with MS please follow this link
If you are a caregiver please follow this link

Below is the BCPharmacare Drug Information sheet on Lemtrada (alemtuzumab)