On Monday 24th November 2014, we were delighted with the number of people who were able to join us for the celebratory launch day which represented the culmination of 50 years of excellence in muscular dystrophy research and care in Newcastle under a new identity. The formally named research centre helps us to improve our work at the forefront of cutting-edge endeavours to better understand muscle disease, improving care and treatment of patients around the world.
Over the course of the day, the excellent science of the centre and its distinguished alumni were presented. Invited speakers from across the world all of whom had a ‘Newcastle connection’ presented. After the presentations and the formal naming of the centre attendees were invited to view and discuss posters whilst enjoying some refreshments.
We would particularly like to thank our guest speakers, industry sponsors, the colleagues who have organised events and of course, Lord Walton himself!
Lord Walton’s contribution to the field of muscle disease research and patient care is enormous. He has been a leading figure in the field for over 50 years and trained many of the current leaders in the neuromuscular field.
This special issue documents the scientific contributions presented at the inauguration of the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre on 24 November 2014.