Podcast CME Course Information

Exam: Exam 356

Issue: June 13, 2017

Learning Objectives

Evaluating the safety of β-interferons in MS: A series of nested case-control studies

Upon completion of this podcast, more familiar with the spectrum of risks associated with the use of beta interferons in MS.

Recommended Audience

This program is designed for physicians who are involved in providing patient care and who wish to advance their current knowledge of clinical medicine.

Core Competencies

  • Patient Care
  • Medical Knowledge


Program Accreditations Subcommittee (PAS) is responsible for reviewing and evaluating all CME programs. Joseph F. Kass, MD, JD, FAAN, has received personal compensation for activities as an expert witness in litigation and in an editorial capacity for the American Academy of Neurology. Barney J. Stern, MD, FAAN, has received personal compensation for book chapter contributions. The other members of the committee (Samir Belagaje, MD; J. Clay Goodman, MD, FAAN; Omotola A. Hope, MD; Shannon M. Kilgore, MD, FAAN) and AAN staff (Kristine Mitchell) report no disclosures. Robert A. Gross, MD, PhD, FAAN, has received funding for travel and/or speaker honoraria from the American Academy of Neurology; receives a stipend as Editor-in-Chief of Neurology; has received consultant fees from GlaxoSmithKline and Harris Interactive; has served on speakers' bureaus for Abbott, UCB, and GlaxoSmithKline; has conducted clinical trials over the past 5 years funded by GlaxoSmithKline, UCB, Ortho-McNeil, Pfizer, and Marinus, but has ceased participation in industry-sponsored clinical trials and speakers' bureaus since his appointment as Neurology EIC in 2010; and has received research support from the Department of the Army, UCBPharma, and University of Rochester Medical Center/NIH. Dr. Stacey Clardy serves as Podcast Editor for Neurology® and has received research support forWestern Institute for Biomedical Research (WIBR). Dr. Jeff Ratliff serves as Podcast Deputy Editor for Neurology andreceived a speaker honorarium from Haverford College. AAN staff members editing the test (P Baskin, L Kleffman, K Aman Ramm) have no disclosures. The CME Journal Editors who have reviewed the exam are James WM Owens Jr., MD PhD, who receives royalties from UpToDate, Waltham, MA; grant support from NIH (PI, K08NS054882); and a stipend in his editorial capacity for Neurology and Adam Kelly, MD, who has served as Guest Editor of Continuum (April 2014) and receives a stipend in his editorial capacity for Neurology.

Dr. Levy serves on advisory boards for Asterias, Chugai, and Alexion; serves as Editorial Board member of Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders; holds patents for an aquaporin-4 sequence that elicits pathogenic T cell response in animal model of neuromyelitis optica, and for use of a peptide for diagnostic and therapeutic developments; has consulted for Guidepoint Global, Gerson Lehrman Group, and Cowen Group; and has received research support from Viropharma/Shire, Acorda, ApoPharma and Sanofi, Genzyme, Alnylam, Alexion, Terumo BCT, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, and Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation. Dr. Tremlett has served on scientific advisory boards for US National MS Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; is the Canada Research Chair for Neuroepidemiology and Multiple Sclerosis; has received research support from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, US National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and the UK MS Trust; has received speaker honoraria and/or travel expenses to attend conferences from the Consortium of MS Centres, the National MS Society, ECTRIMS, the Chesapeake Health Education Program, US Veterans Affairs, Novartis Canada, Biogen Idec, American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Fountain is an epileptologist at the University of Virginia Comprehensive Epilepsy Program (100% effort).

The other participants report no disclosures.

CME Expiration

CME expires three years after publication date or sooner if podcasts are deemed out of date by reviewers.


The American Academy of Neurology Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Credit™

The American Academy of Neurology Institute designates this journal-based-CME activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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