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

Teaching Course

WMS Pre-Congress Teaching Course: 28th- 30th September 2020

The 18th WMS course will be held at the IWK Health Centre, Halifax, Canada
Please note only limited places are available. Early booking is advised. Registration tickets are £250. This includes the course, refreshments during the day and lunch. Please indicate during the registration process if you will attend the course dinner (informal networking over dinner for the course attendees and faculty).

First time attendees and within five years of training
This reduced rate (£165) is only available to first time attendees of the congress/ course and within five years of final university exam. Please upload a letter from your department confirming your faculty start date and details (maximum of one side of A4 on headed paper) during the registration process. The letter must confirm you are a first time attendee of the congress/ course and within five years of training. The letter must ideally be in English. If this is not possible then important key words should be underlined.

Teaching objectives: To improve the diagnostic competence of professionals dealing with patients with neuromuscular diseases.

Target audience: Medical specialists (paediatricians, neurologists, paediatric neurologists, geneticists, neuropathologists) and medical specialists in training, and other attendees of the WMS congress.

Upon completion, participants should be able to better recognise a number of important neuromuscular presentations; incorporate up-to-date diagnostic approaches to the patient suspected of a neuromuscular disease; consider the differential diagnosis; apply appropriate tests.

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For all registration queries please contact: Madalina Marincas, WMS 2020 Registration Manager,

Course description

The emphasis of this two and a half day course will be on the clinical approach of patients who present with symptoms of a neuromuscular disease. The course will be entirely practical and case reports will be presented to highlight key clinical concepts. This year we have introduced an additional half day (Monday) to present more basic information for newcomers to the field.

There will be the opportunity to discuss the integrated diagnostic approach to patients shown on video, to look at muscle MRI imaging, neurophysiology, or muscle biopsies.

Generous time will be allowed for questions from the audience, and for discussion of difficult topics.

Neuromuscular case report by the attendees

For this purpose, each participant will be asked to bring one neuromuscular case to be presented and discussed. For every case each participant should prepare 2-3 PowerPoint slides:

Slide 1 should contain a clinical picture/clinical video demonstrating major clinical characteristics (onset; clinical course; CK; NCV; heredity; other)

Slide 2 should contain one pertinent piece of information (e.g. muscle or brain imaging; a family tree; immunofluorescence or Western blot data)

Slide 3 should contain the summary and conclusion

Please send in a maximum of 3 PowerPoint slides showing the most outstanding findings. The presentation should not take longer than 5 minutes in total.

All cases/slides must be pre-submitted by 31st July 2020 to the WMS2020 office via email:

The course organisers will review the cases and select up to 15 presentations. Authors will be informed by 30th August 2020 if theirs has been selected.


Kevin Flanigan - USA
Nationwide Children's


Maxwell Damian - UK
Cambridge University Hospitals


Jordi Díaz-Manera - Spain
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau


Pascal Laforêt - France
Raymond-Poincaré Teaching Hospital, AP-HP


John Vissing - Denmark


Werner Stenzel - Germany
Department of Neuropathology


James Dowling - Canada
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and The University of Toronto


Carola Hedberg-Oldfors - Sweden
University of Gothenburg, Department Of Pathology


Benedikt Schoser - Germany
Friedrich-Baur-Institute Dep. of Neurology Munich


Carsten Bönnemann - USA
National Institutes of Health, NINDS/Neurogenetics Branch


Anders Oldfors - Sweden
University of Gothenburg, Dept. of Pathology and Genetics


Peter Van den Bergh - Belgium
Cliniques Universitaires St-Luc, Service de Neurologie


Jordan Sheriko - Canada
IWK Health Centre, Halifax

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