Publication Highlights

The Publication Highlights Committee will present an interesting research article from the field of neuromuscular diseases each month. In this section, research data is presented on the WMS website to make it more accessible to the WMS community. The aim is to improve networking among the members of the WMS and to give a face to the researchers in the field. Current published articles can be suggested for publication highlight by the authors themselves or others via In addition, there is the possibility to present oneself and one's research work in a short video. There are no limits to your creativity!

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Anne Schänzer
Institute of Neuropathology, Giessen, Germany

Anne Schänzer is head of the diagnostic and research neuromuscular lab. She is specializing on morphology of skeletal and cardiac muscle including electron microscopy and her research focus are genetic and acquired neuromuscular disorders in children and adults.

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Lindsay Alfano
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.

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Helge Amthor
Université de Versailles, Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France

Helge Amthor is Professor of Pediatric Neurology at the Paris-Saclay University. His research focuses on pathophysiological questions of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Enrico Bugiardini
Institute of Neurology, London, United Kingdom

Enrico Bugiardini main research interests are genetic investigations in neuromuscular diseases and clinical studies in Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). He carries out clinical activity for Muscle Diseases and Mitochondrial Disorders at Queen Square, London for Neuromuscular Diseases.

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Jim Dowling
Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada

Jim Dowling is a pediatric neurologist and senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. His research is focused on gene discovery and therapy development for congenital myopathies.

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Meagan McGrath
Monash University, Clayton, Australia

Meagan McGrath research interests focuses on autophagic pathways in skeletal muscle homeostasis, disease and exercise capacity. She is also interested in understanding the pathomechanism(s) and devising treatments for disorders linked to mutations in the FHL1 gene (termed “FHL1 myopathies”).

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Federica Montagnese
Friedrich Baur Institut - Ludwig-Maximilians University , München, Germany

Federica Montagnese's research focus is on the clinical and myopathological aspects of metabolic myopathies, myotonic syndromes and muscular dystrophies. She is responsible for the maintenance of the National Registries for myotonic dystrophies and FSHD. She is member of the EAN Subspecialty Panels of “Neurogenetics” and “Muscle disorders”.

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Nicolas Wein
Nationwide Childrens Hospital, COLUMBUS OHIO, United States

Nicolas Wein worked as a postdoc in the team of Pr. Kevin Flanigan in The Center for Gene Therapy in USA. He started his own group 2016 and works on neuromuscular disorders such as DMD and myotonic dystrophy type 1 and is interested in adeno associated viral treatments.

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Latest publications

10 Jan 2022 Exploring new therapeutic approaches in FSHD by small molecules modulation of endogenous microRNA

06 Dec 2021 An alternative to corticosteroid for the treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

01 Nov 2021 Demonbreun et al identify a novel antibody mediated therapeutic strategy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy based on previous genetic modifier studies.

01 Oct 2021 Severe COVID-19 is associated with post-infectious inflammatory myopathy

02 Sep 2021 Establishing the validity of motor outcome measures in young boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is critical for the success of future trials

02 Aug 2021 Exploring myonuclear heterogeneity and compartmentalization of muscle fiber...

01 Jul 2021 Distinctive features of LRP12-oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy

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