The WMS has always been committed to providing a scientific forum for advances in NMDs’ research and promoting international collaboration. This section is dedicated to outreach for myologists from countries with emerging NMDs' research through providing a platform bringing together a vast array of experts for exchange of resources and collaboration opportunities. We welcome your suggestions on how to facilitate the integration of experts and young myologists within the WMS family from all countries.
WMS wishes to be inclusive, and actively promotes diversity. Students and colleagues from low and medium-income countries are not only welcomed at a very affordable fee through our Membership Grant, but they are also actively encouraged to make the most of the personal and career development that the WMS promotes.
Rasha El Sherif
Myo-Care National Foundation, Cairo, Egypt
I’m consultant of neuromuscular disorders interested in studying patterns of LGMD patients in the region. I worked as a fellow researcher in NCNP in Tokyo, and completed my Doctorate degree thesis on the genetics of muscular dystrophy. Currently I’m Chair Myo-Care National foundation in Cairo, Egypt and I serve as scientific committee member on the “Egyptian National Genome” project and represent North Africa in the WHO rare disorders panel of experts.
The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children, Dublin, United States
Lindsay Alfano is an assistant professor in The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She is a physical therapist specializing in outcome measure administration, selection, and development for patients with neuromuscular diseases.
Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
Dr Charungthai Dejthevaporn is currently Assistant Professor of Neurology and Consultant Neurologist at Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. He also a Head and Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology at the Clinical Neurophysiology Unit, EMG laboratory and Neuromuscular Clinic section in Queen Sirikit Medical Center, Ramathibodi Hospital. His main medical interests are clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular disease especially autoimmune peripheral nerve and muscle disorders. He is also interested in general neurology as well particularly autoimmune disease of the central nervous system for example autoimmune limbic encephalitis, multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder and neurology in systemic disease.
Univ. Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Juliana Gurgel Giannetti is Associate Professor at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), chief of the Pediatric Neurology Service and Residence, coordinator of the Neuromuscular Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence Clinics. She is currently, the vice-president of the Brazilian Society of Pediatric Neurology. She graduated in medicine in 1992, after she completed the Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology residences (1992-1996). From 1997 to 2001, she moved to São Paulo to specialize in Neuromuscular disorders and concluded her PhD at Universidade de São Paulo (USP). In 2005 and 2013, she did a post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University (NY), under Prof. Salvatore DiMauro and Michio Hirano supervision, respectively. Since 2002, she became a Professor at Medical School of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), where she set up the Service of Neuromuscular Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence and the Neuromuscular laboratory. She is taking care of neuromuscular patients, with a multidisciplinary team, and also involved in research in this filed. She is titular Professor at the Post graduation Program in Pediatrics and has under her supervision master and PhD students. She participated in the elaboration of the Brazilian Consensus for DMD and she is PI for Ataluren trial (PTC), DMD Registry (Sarepta), Rainbowfish trial (Roche), Devote (Biogen).
Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Dr Wen-Chen Liang is currently the attending physician and assistant professor of Department of Pediatrics, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical University. She was also a former postdoc in Department of Neuromuscular Research, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Japan. Her department serves as a referral center for neuromuscular diseases in Taiwan and she has been involved in clinical, pathological and basic research works related to variable neuromuscular diseases for more than 15 years.
Lund University, Lund, Sweden
My name is Vahid M. Harandi and my background lies in Medical Sciences where I obtained a PhD from Umeå University investigating muscle pathophysiology of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Currently I am a Postdoctoral researcher at Lund University (Sweden) working to understand the pathogenesis of laminin alpha2 chain-deficient muscular dystrophy (MDC1A) and to develop pharmacological treatment for this deteriorating disorder.