This week the Muscular Dystrophy UK Research Team attended the 15th London Myology Forum at The Royal Veterinary College. The Forum is jointly organised by King’s College London, University College London and The Royal Veterinary College, and is sponsored by Muscular Dystrophy UK. It is a platform where scientists working in the different areas of muscle development and pathology come together to share their latest findings in the field.
The day included seven presentations from leading scientists in muscle science as well as shorter presentations from junior scientists.
Professor Peter Zammit, whose research is funded by Muscular Dystrophy UK gave a fantastic presentation on FSH and possible therapeutic approaches to tackle the condition. Dr Judy Cossins, who works with Professor David Beeson at the University of Oxford, whose work we have also supported, gave an update on congenital myasthenic syndromes.
The day was attended by 65 scientists. Most were from the neuromuscular field, including many Muscular Dystrophy UK-funded researchers and their PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. However, the Forum also attracted scientists from other fields such as cardiovascular research, and Dr Yalda Jamashidi from the Cardiovascular and Cell Sciences Institute at St George’s Hospital Medical School gave an interesting talk about heart and skeletal muscle development.
Dr Susan Brown, Reader in Translational Medicine at The Royal Veterinary College who organised the day said,
This meeting, which is the 15th in the series, represents a unique opportunity for muscle scientists from the UK to meet, present and interact in an informal setting. Sponsorship from Muscular Dystrophy UK is essential to the success of this format as we do not charge a registration fee thus making it easier for entire research teams to attend.