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Multiple Sclerosis Task Force



The mission of the Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group Multiple Sclerosis Task Force is to advance practice, education and research related to rehabilitation of persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) by facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration between rehabilitation professionals and other MS stakeholders from various specialties and backgrounds to promote translational research, clinical practice, and education aimed at improving the quality of life of people diagnosed with MS.



The task force will foster networking and collaborations among ACRM members and non-members interested in the best care of persons with MS with the goal of transforming and fostering a vibrant and progressive agenda for research, education, and clinical practice in the field of MS.

Individuals interested in joining the Multiple Sclerosis Task Force should contact the task force chair, Ekaterina Dobryakova.



Ekaterina Dobryakova, PhD

Ekaterina Dobryakova, PhD


Research Scientist
Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research
Kessler Foundation


The Multiple Sclerosis Task Force newsletter highlights researchers in the field of multiple sclerosis (MS), resources relevant for the MS community, and a blog post written by an individual with MS. Please contact the task force chair, Ekaterina Dobryakova, PhD, to submit content suggestions or recommend a colleague you would like us to interview.

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  • Develop timely and current educational materials such as a newsletter, webpages, educational, and scientific presentations
  • Identify key leaders in the arena of MS research and clinical practice to participate in ACRM activities
  • Foster key collaborations among ACRM members and non-members for new collaborations, projects, and products to serve people with MS

Task force members will participate in quarterly meetings during which members will decide on potential projects and individual contributions to the digest/newsletter that is published electronically twice a year through ACRM.


Multiple Sclerosis Task Force members published a paper entitled: Tired of not knowing what that fatigue score means? Normative data of the Modified Fatigue Impact Scale (MFIS) in Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. The purpose of this study is to develop normative data for the MFIS in a large community sample, stratified by age, gender, and education and to compare the derived new cutoffs to an existing cutoff. If you are interested in joining the Multiple Sclerosis Task Force, please email Dr. Ekaterina Dobryakova.


The Multiple Sclerosis Task Force has published the following Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Information & Education Pages (IEPs):


IEPs in Progress

  • Cognition and activities of daily living
  • Exercise in people with MS that use wheelchairs