Marrakech, Morocco May 3-5, 2024

Supported by:

  • World Muscle Society (WMS)
  • Myologies Sans Frontières (MYOSF)
  • TREAT NMD
  • Network Moroccan Society of Neurophysiology (SMNPH)

The 3rd MENA Congress of Neuromuscular & EDX, held in conjunction with the 8th Moroccan Congress of Clinical Neurophysiology, took place from May 3rd to 5th, 2024, at the Conference Center of the Museum of Water Civilization in Marrakech.

This prestigious event brought together leading experts, clinicians, and emerging talents from around the world, fostering a rich exchange of knowledge and collaboration.

Objectives

The primary objectives of the congress were to:

  • Enhance Diagnostic Algorithms: Provide updates on the latest diagnostic algorithms for neuromuscular disorders in both children and adults.
  • Discuss Therapeutic Advances: Review current and emerging therapeutic strategies for conditions like Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).
  • Promote Collaborative Research: Encourage international collaboration and knowledge sharing among neuromuscular specialists.

Participants and Scope

The congress attracted more than 245 participants, including neurologists, neurophysiologists, paediatricians, psychiatrists, neurosurgeons and rehabilitation specialists from more than 25 countries. Esteemed experts from Canada, France, Belgium, the USA, and Morocco delivered keynote speeches and led various sessions.

Scientific Programme

The scientific program was diverse and comprehensive, including plenary lectures, expert panels, clinical case discussions, practical workshops, and poster presentations. Highlights included:

  • Diagnostic Algorithms in Myogenic Syndromes: Professor Hugh McMillan (Canada) presented on diagnostic approaches for myogenic syndromes in children, emphasizing early detection and intervention.
  • Advances in DMD Treatment: Dr. J. Andoni Urtizberea (France) discussed the latest therapeutic advancements for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, highlighting new treatment modalities and ongoing research.
  • Adult Muscle Disorders: Professor Mazen Dimachkie (USA) provided insights into diagnostic strategies for muscle disorders in adults, focusing on clinical presentations and diagnostic pathways.

Key Sessions

  • SMA: Algorithms and Treatments: Professor Manon Hustinx (Belgium) discussed the latest treatment algorithms for SMA, including new therapeutic approaches and patient management strategies.
  • Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care in SMA: Professor Edoardo Malfatti (France) addressed the challenges and strategies for managing the transition of SMA patients from pediatric to adult care.
  • Innovative Therapies in SMA: Professor Hugh McMillan (Canada) presented on innovative therapies for SMA, exploring new research directions and clinical applications.
  • Patient Journey in Morocco: Dr. Imane Chahid (Morocco) shared insights into the SMA patient journey in Morocco, highlighting local challenges and success stories.

Outcomes and Feedback

The congress successfully achieved its objectives, providing a platform for meaningful discussions, knowledge exchange, and networking. Participants highly appreciated the quality of the presentations and the opportunity to engage with leading experts. Feedback indicated that 95% of attendees found the congress valuable for their professional development and daily practice.

Acknowledgements

We extend our sincere thanks to the World Muscle Society (WMS) and our pharmaceutical sponsors for their generous support. Special thanks to Professor Hugh McMillan, Professor Edoardo Malfatti, and Professor Manon Hustinx for their invaluable contributions. The success of this event was significantly enhanced by their expertise and dedication.

In conclusion, the 3rd MENA Congress of Neuromuscular & EDX was a resounding success, fostering advancements in neuromuscular research and clinical practice. We look forward to future collaborations and continued progress in this vital field.

As a demonstration of our commitment to developing the field of neuromuscular disorders through clinical research and patient care, the WMS is seeking project proposals for funding and broader support. We want to break down the barriers to access for our community and ensure that scientists around the world can network, learn from one another, share science and publish their work. The project proposals process is available to all WMS members. For more information and to apply for funding, please visit the project proposals page of the WMS website.

Published on 26 June 2024.

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