NMO (also known as Devic's syndrome),is a rare inflammatory autoimmune disease of the central nervous system, which affects almost exclusively the optical nerves and spinal cord. The neuromyelitis optica study group (called NEMOS in the following) is an initiative by doctors from about 25 hospitals all over Germany which has set itself the aim of extending knowledge about the NMO and thereby improving the diagnosis and therapy of patients affected by this disease. In this project it is intended to gather, from the NMO patients who have given their consent to this undertaking, important information on diagnosis, course and treatment in pseudonymized form in a databank. For better understanding of the disease processes in NMO patients we would also like to carry out targeted MRT examinations, tests on cognitive ability and an optical coherence tomography. Participation is open to all patients who have been diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica and/or Devic's syndrome.
Please find further information on the NEMOS Study Group and on neuromyelitis optica here.
Study Director: Prof. Dr. Friedemann Paul (WG Clinical Neuroimmunology, NCRC, ECRC)
Borisow, N., I. Kleiter, A. Gahlen, K. Fischer, K. D. Wernecke, F. Pache, K. Ruprecht, J. Havla, M. Krumbholz, T. Kumpfel, O. Aktas, M. Ringelstein, C. Geis, C. Kleinschnitz, A. Berthele, B. Hemmer, K. Angstwurm, R. Weissert, J. P. Stellmann, S. Schuster, M. Stangel, F. Lauda, H. Tumani, C. Mayer, L. Zeltner, U. Ziemann, R. A. Linker, M. Schwab, M. Marziniak, F. Then Bergh, U. Hofstadt-van Oy, O. Neuhaus, A. Winkelmann, W. Marouf, L. Ruckriem, J. Faiss, B. Wildemann, F. Paul, S. Jarius, C. Trebst, K. Hellwig, and Nemos. "Influence of Female Sex and Fertile Age on Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorders." Mult Scler 23, no. 8 (Jul 2017): 1092-103. Link
Stellmann, J. P., M. Krumbholz, T. Friede, A. Gahlen, N. Borisow, K. Fischer, K. Hellwig, F. Pache, K. Ruprecht, J. Havla, T. Kumpfel, O. Aktas, H. P. Hartung, M. Ringelstein, C. Geis, C. Kleinschnitz, A. Berthele, B. Hemmer, K. Angstwurm, K. L. Young, S. Schuster, M. Stangel, F. Lauda, H. Tumani, C. Mayer, L. Zeltner, U. Ziemann, R. A. Linker, M. Schwab, M. Marziniak, F. Then Bergh, U. Hofstadt-van Oy, O. Neuhaus, U. Zettl, J. Faiss, B. Wildemann, F. Paul, S. Jarius, C. Trebst, I. Kleiter, and Nemos. "Immunotherapies in Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder: Efficacy and Predictors of Response." J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry (Jun 01 2017) Link