Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) is an inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system characterized by immune-mediated demyelination and axonal damage predominantly targeting the optic nerves and spinal cord. To provide the most up-to-date information on the diagnosis and treatment of NMOSD, the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and Catamount Medical Education have developed the educational initiative titled The New Era of Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder: Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment.

Led by expert faculty, Dr. Brian G. Weinshenker and Dr. Marcelo Matiello, the curriculum includes:

  • An archived version of a live Webinar which provides a comprehensive overview of NMOSD as well as an expert Q&A.

    Available for CME credit for physicians; CE credit for nursing professionals and pharmacists. All others will receive a Certificate of Participation.

  • An online presentation that reviews evidence-based recommendations, challenges, and advances in the diagnosis and treatment of NMOSD.

    Available for CME credit for physicians; CE credit for nursing professionals and pharmacists. All others will receive a Certificate of Participation.

  • A case-based series of podcasts designed to explore issues related to differential diagnosis, acute treatment, long-term treatment options, and other special considerations in the treatment of NMOSD.

    Available for CME credit for physicians; CE credit for nursing professionals and pharmacists. All others will receive a Certificate of Participation.

  • An instructional video to be used as a tool for clinicians to communicate with their newly diagnosed patients; a corresponding downloadable handout that can be shared with patients to help them better understand their NMOSD diagnosis.
  • A designated page where clinicians and patients can ask questions and receive answers from our expert faculty.


Brian G. Weinshenker, MD, FRCP(C)
Program Chair
Consultant, Department of Neurology
Professor of Neurology, College of Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN


Marcelo Matiello, MD
Expert Faculty
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Neurology Inpatient Services
Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Routine and Urgent Teleneurology Program
Associate Director, Neuromyelitis Optica Clinic and Research Unit
Boston, MA


This initiative is jointly provided by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers and Catamount Medical Education.


This initiative is supported by independent educational grants from Alexion Pharmaceuticals and Genentech.