The European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) was founded by the Dutch neurologist Otto Hommes and European colleagues to strengthen communication and to promote and enhance research, care and learning among professionals for the ultimate benefit of people affected by MS.
It was agreed that ECTRIMS should serve as an association of physicians and scientists with an interest in MS. Meetings would be held annually with the venue rotating among different European countries.
The ECTRIMS council was established as the governing membership body of the organisation, with representatives from member countries. From the Council, an Executive Committee of seven members is elected to help manage the organisation’s programmes and affairs. Over the years, ECTRIMS has evolved into Europe’s and the world’s largest professional organisation dedicated to the understanding and treatment of multiple sclerosis.