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Registration Now Open for 2024 MDA Clinical & Scientific Conference, to Showcase Cutting Edge Research Advancements and Clinical Achievements in Neuromuscular Disease

Global leaders will gather at the annual MDA Clinical & Scientific Conference March 3-6, 2024. Presentations will be held in-person in Orlando, Florida and available virtually.

NEW YORK, NY, August 9, 2023 – The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), convener of the largest worldwide gathering of the neuromuscular disease community, announced today
that registration is now open for the 2024 MDA Clinical & Scientific Conference being held March 3-6, 2024, at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, Florida. The four-day international event will bring together renowned researchers, clinicians, academicians, advocates, and industry leaders to explore the latest advances in the field of neuromuscular disease. Early bird registration ends December 31, 2023. To register click here.

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Registration is now open for the 2024 MDA Clinical & Scientific Conference March 3-6, at the Hilton Orlando in Florida.

The 2024 MDA Clinical & Scientific Conference will feature presentations from global leaders on all aspects of pre-clinical, translational, and clinical research and care across neuromuscular diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD), myasthenia gravis (MG), Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) and many more. Session tracks will highlight some of the following topics:

  • Neuromuscular disease in the age of treatment
  • New insights into disease mechanisms
  • Gene therapy and the patient experience
  • Access and reimbursement
  • Clinical trials

“As we move into what we are calling the Era of Treatment for neuromuscular disease, this year’s conference will focus on transformation from diagnosis to treatment. We are encouraging more participation from allied health providers in addition to the MDA Care Center Network medical teams, and the research and advocacy communities,” said Donald S. Wood, Ph.D., President & CEO, MDA. “We are looking forward to sharing the latest research findings and exploring new treatment options, as well as practical considerations for access to novel treatments, with a track specifically designed for the future of genetic medicine. As always, the Muscular Dystrophy Association is committed to the promise of research and emerging therapies to treat – and one day, cure – neuromuscular disorders.”

Last year’s conference included 1,492 in-person and 567 virtual attendees from at least 27 countries, making it the largest worldwide gathering of the neuromuscular disease community.

"This year's conference will provide a comprehensive exploration of neuromuscular research and care with particular attention to some of the changes the field is undergoing in response to the approval of new therapies,” said Sharon Hesterlee, Ph.D., Chief Research Officer, MDA. “New for this year will be a special Poster Showcase in which three abstracts will be chosen for a 5-minute oral presentation during the Networking & Poster Reception in the evenings. This unique, roaming poster showcase will move around the reception area, allowing amplified talks to be delivered alongside the selected posters.”

“The MDA Clinical and Scientific Conference is an opportunity to stay up to date on the most impactful science and the latest in clinical practice knowledge for the benefit of the neuromuscular patient community,” said Barry Byrne, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Advisor, MDA and Associate Chair of Pediatrics and Director of the Powell Gene Therapy Center at the University of Florida. “All of us at the Muscular Dystrophy Association are looking forward to seeing everyone in Orlando in March.”

“MDA’s Conference will once again serve as the primary gathering and collaborative space for the Neuromuscular advocacy community,” said Paul Melmeyer, Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy, MDA. “We will build upon the progress of previous Conferences where over 20 advocacy organizations gathered to collaborate on access to care, speeding the therapeutic development process, and breaking down barriers in front of people living with disabilities.”

Members of the neuromuscular disease community who are registered with MDA are welcome to participate in the virtual conference at no-cost or may register to attend in-person at the patient/caregiver rate until allotted spaces are filled.

2024 MDA Clinical & Scientific Conference Social Media Toolkit for registrants, panelists, supporters/sponsors, and advocacy organizations, is available here. MDA will be sharing updates and information on its social media channels using #MDAconference.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

The abstract submission portal is also open. All abstracts automatically qualify for poster presentation. Oral presentations will be selected from abstracts submitted on or before October 31, 2023. The final deadline for oral presentation consideration is December 15, 2023. For abstract and poster guidelines and submission click here. If you have any questions regarding the submission policy, please contact

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