The 25th International
Annual Congress of the
World Muscle Society
Young Researcher


For any questions regarding abstracts please contact:

Due to many of our members being involved and affected by the current COVID-19 situation, the WMS Committee would like to extend the WMS 2020 abstract submission to Thursday 9th April 2020 (midnight GMT). We hope that this extra time will allow a few more members to submit their abstract for the congress. We hope you all stay safe.

Student form  Student abstracts submission deadline: 2nd March 2020 (Midnight GMT)

General form  General abstracts submission deadline: 2nd April 2020 (Midnight GMT)

Click HERE to watch a short video about how to submit your abstract.

Please note, you will need to ‘create a new account’ for this purpose, independent from your Congress registration account (your Congress registration log in details are not recognised for abstract submission).

Submission Guidelines

  • The presenting author must be registered for the congress in order to be able to submit an abstract. Only the presenting author can be the submitter of an abstract. An abstract submitted by someone who is not the presenter will be refused.
  • To submit an abstract the author will have to enter a specific code in the submission form. The code is to be found in the registration confirmation email in RED text.
  • Upon submission, indicate one of the following topics that best describes the content of the abstract:
  • • New developments in congenital muscle disease
    • Gene modifiers and gene delivery in neuromuscular disorders
    • Advances in the treatment of neuromuscular disorders
    • New advances across the neuromuscular field.
  • Abstracts must be written in English.
  • Maximum 2,000 characters (including spaces and excluding title and contact information on authors). The title must have a maximum of 150 characters.
  • A maximum of 20 co-authors per abstract are allowed. If more co-authors have contributed, these should be summarily stated as Study Group and can later be displayed on the poster or appropriately be acknowledged during an oral.
  • References and credits are not to be included in the abstract, nor subheadings, tables, figures or keywords.
  • Note that all subheadings in abstracts will automatically be deleted by the programme committee.
  • Abstracts cannot be submitted by fax, hard copy or e-mail.
  • There is no fee to submit an abstract. A WMS Membership is not required to submit an abstract.
  • The submitter will receive all correspondence concerning the abstract including acknowledgement of receipt of the submission and is responsible for informing co-authors of the status of the abstract.
  • The submitter will have access to the abstract after submission via an online Personal Page (see below) until the relevant abstract deadline.
  • In cases where the abstract is NOT accepted, participants will be contacted promptly and refunded if necessary.
  • It is the author’s responsibility to submit a correct abstract; if accepted any errors in spelling, grammar, or scientific fact may be reproduced as typed by the author. The Programme Committee reserves the right to shorten the abstract title to allow its publication in the congress programme and Neuromuscular Disorders Journal and edit the content to remove acknowledgements and misspellings identified by the Programme Committee.
  • Outcome notification for abstracts and fellowships will be sent out at the end of May/ beginning of June, after the programme committee meeting.

Student Abstracts

For WMS 2020, Halifax, Canada we will be trialling a new registration and abstract submission which is aimed at Undergraduate, Basic or Medical Student, Master or PhD students. Please see the flyer Here.

Eligible students will get:

  • A reduced congress registration fee of £270 (Same package as standard registration but WMS membership the following year is not included)
  • Applicants can apply a maximum of three times over your student career
  • Applicants can combine this with a fellowship application as well
Eligible students need to:
  • Register and submit the abstract in plenty of time before the deadline of 2nd March 2020 (Midnight GMT).
  • Follow the strict abstract submission guidelines.
  • During the registration process, upload a letter from your course supervisor confirming you have an ongoing student project and the details (maximum of one side of A4 on headed paper) as part of your submission and a scan of your valid student ID. The letter must confirm you are a Undergraduate, Basic or Medical Student, Master or PhD student. Please note that Post Doc’s are not eligible to apply. The letter must ideally be in English. If this is not possible then important key words should be underlined.
  • Submit an abstract within 48 hours of registering, or the place will be released

Personal Page

When the abstract is submitted the author can follow the progress online by entering his/her Personal Page for abstracts.

The Personal Page for abstracts makes it possible for the author to make changes until the submission deadline:
Student abstracts submission deadline: 2nd March 2020 (Midnight GMT)
General abstracts submission deadline: 2nd April 2020 (Midnight GMT)

Read and check the abstract

The author will be able to access the Personal Page for abstracts by entering the personal user ID and password indicated in the file attached to the confirmation email after submission before the abstract submission deadline. After this date it is not possible to access the Personal Page.

For any questions regarding abstracts please contact:


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