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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, Silvana Costa.



Silvana L. Costa, PhD

Silvana L. Costa, PhD


Research Scientist, Neuropsychology of Eye Movements Lab (NEMoLab)
Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Center
Kessler Foundation



  • Sarah J. Donkers, PT, PhD
  • Ekaterina Dobryakova, PhD
    Kessler Foundation



Thank you for being a part of the NDNG Multiple Sclerosis Task Force! We love that the ACRM attracts the most passionate interdisciplinary mix of rehabilitation pros from around the world. What an honor to collaborate with such driven individuals. We hope to meet with you at our upcoming networking group meeting to discuss current projects and opportunities for contribution and collaboration.

NDNG Multiple Sclerosis Task Force Meeting 

Join us this month to discuss the 2024 ACRM Annual Conference, Task Force updates, and new projects.

Save the date!


DATE: Third Wednesday of Even Months
TIME: 2:00 PM Eastern

Meeting ID: 822 1279 0481

We hope to see you there!


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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  • Systematic review on behavioral interventions to improve sleep outcomes in people with Multiple Sclerosis has been published and was selected to be included in the International Journal of MS Care’s continuing education program.

  • Turkowitch, D., Donkers, S. J., Costa, S. L., Vaduvathiriyan, P., Williams, J., & Siengsukon, C. (2023). Behavioral Interventions to Improve Sleep Outcomes in Individuals With Multiple Sclerosis: A Systematic Review. International Journal of MS Care.

  • The MSTF is working with CRTF on a systematic review about cognitive rehabilitation in
    Multiple Sclerosis


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 Silvana Costa.


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