2018 National Conference and AGM

Event Date
13 October 2018
Hilton London - Tower Bridge, 5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY
Registration fee
£5 - £35

Please join us at the Muscular Dystrophy UK 2018 National Conference and AGM which takes place on 13 October 2018 at Hilton London Tower Bridge, 5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY.

You’ll meet others living with muscle-wasting conditions and enjoy a day filled with practical advice and information to improve your quality of life. You’ll hear from scientists and healthcare professionals as well as see the presentation of this years’ President’s Awards.

You can now read our agenda of the National Conference.

This year our keynote speaker is Professor George Dickson, Professor of Molecular Cell Biology at Royal Holloway University of London. He will be giving an update on the development of gene therapies for muscle-wasting conditions. Prof Dickson has spent most of his career studying muscle-wasting conditions, in particular Duchenne muscular dystrophy. His research focuses on developing genetic-based therapies such as exon skipping, genome editing and AAV gene therapies.

You can find out below about some of the other workshops taking place on the day:

In this workshop, Dr Grainne Gorman and Dr Cecilia Jimenez Moreno from Newcastle University will give an introduction to drug development and the hurdles that need to be overcome before patients can access new drugs. They will also discuss how this process is becoming more ‘patient–centric’ through the collection of patients’ views and preferences. MDUK and Newcastle University are part of an international project on patient preferences called PREFER.

In this workshop, Dr Francesco Saverio Tedesco from University College London will describe how artificial ‘mini-muscles’ can be grown in the laboratory. He will also explain why they are useful for studying muscle-wasting conditions and in drug development.

In this workshop, Professor Matthew Wood from the University of Oxford will explain what molecular patches are and how they could potentially treat some muscle-wasting conditions. He will also give an overview of molecular patch therapies that are currently in preclinical or clinical development.

Please note that places in the creche are limited and are currently fully booked. For more information please get in touch.

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