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Launch day programme

 

Please find below the programme of the day with invited speakers and timings.

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Attendance at this event attracted six CPD credits.

09:00

Registration and refreshments

09:30

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Professor Chris Day
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, UK

09:40

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Professor Patrick Chinnery
Director of Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University, UK

09:50

The Classification, Natural History and Treatment of the Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophies

Professor Volker Straub
Harold Macmillan Professor of Medicine, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University, UK

10:20

The Cyanobacterial/BMAA Hypothesis of the Cause of ALS and other Neurodegenerative Diseases

Professor Walter Bradley
Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Department of Neurology, University of Miami, USA

10:40

Myotonic Dystrophy Type 2 : an Update on Clinical Aspects and Pathomolecular Mechanisms

Professor Giovanni Meola
Professor and Chair of Neurology, University of Milan, Italy

11:00

Coffee break

11:20

Inherited Defects of Neuromuscular Transmission – How Molecular Findings Result in Better Treatments for Patients with Congenital Myasthenia

Professor Hanns Lochmüller
Professor of Experimental Myology, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University, UK

11:50

GNE Myopathy Update: Newcastle-Jerusalem Connection

Professor Zohar Argov
Senior Academic Physician, Department of Neurology, Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel

12:10

Deficient RNA Metabolism as a Novel Target in Neuromuscular Disease

Professor Rita Horvath
Professor of Neurogenetics, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University, UK

12:30

Lunch and poster viewing

13:45

TTR-Related Amyloid Polyneuropathy: the Experience in an Italian Endemic Area

Professor Giuseppe Vita
Director of Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases, University of Messina, Italy

14:15

Development of Exon Skipping for DMD from Culture Dish to Patients

Professor Annemieke Aartsma-Rus
Visiting Professor from Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands

14:40

Looking Forward to New Therapies: the Translational Landscape for Muscular Dystrophies

Professor Kate Bushby
Professor of Neuromuscular Genetics, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University, UK

15:10

Central Nervous System Regeneration, a short retrospective

Professor Albert Aguayo
Emeritus Professor, Former Director, Centre for Research in Neuroscience, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

15:30

Coffee break

15:50

John Walton and the MDC: Founder and Inspiration

Robert Meadowcroft
Chief Executive, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, UK

16:05

Key-note Speech & Official Naming of the Centre

John Walton Kt TD
The Lord Walton of Detchant TD

16:25

Closing Remarks

Professor Sir John Burn
Professor of Clinical Genetics, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University, UK

16:30

Drinks Reception with Poster Viewing

18:00

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