Scientific discoveries are rarely made by single scientists in isolation. MDA helps bring together scientists and clinicians from around the world to research conferences to present their results, form new collaborations and learn the latest developments in the field. This allows research to accelerate toward treatments and cures. MDA hosts an annual meeting focused on the needs of our community, alternating between research and medical conferences each year.
MDA is committed to enhancing the communication of new research findings and of information relating to the delivery of effective medical care for neuromuscular diseases. To achieve this goal, MDA hosts an annual conference series, with scientific and clinical conferences held in alternate years.
In 2012, MDA initiated a series of focused symposia, where a small group of experts discuss specific issues in neuromuscular disease research. These symposia have included: MDA/AFM Joint Evening Symposium on Gene Therapy; Glial cells in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; Translating academic research into drugs; and Newborn screening for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
This conference series — available free of charge to anyone affected by Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD), as well as the individual’s family and friends — is designed to bring together members of the BMD community for informative presentations and discussions.