DFSG had a stand at the 5th UK Neuromuscular Translational Research Conference, which took place on 22nd and 23rd March at the International Centre for Life in Newcastle. The meeting was jointly hosted by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases. The MRC Centre aims to translate basic science findings into clinical trials and new treatments, so as to ‘close the gap’ between scientific discoveries and patient benefits.
Scientific presentations included developments in understanding neuromuscular disorders at the molecular level, stem cell therapies and examples of how scientific discoveries have been translated into new treatments in a range of disorders. There were also some very interesting posters on DMD related topics such as weight loss, behavioural disorders and the role of dystrophin in tissues other than muscle, such as the brain.
The conference was oversubscribed and it was good to see the scientists networking and discussing their research together. We made some new contacts with both researchers and clinicians, which is good news as they can put even more families in touch with us.