MDA 2012 Clinical Conference to Take Place March 4-7

Current trends and practices in the treatment of neuromuscular disease, and exciting new therapeutic developments will be the focus of MDA’s 2012 Clinical Conference March 4-7, at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas.

Although not open to the general public, the conference agenda and daily blogs about the proceedings will be available on the 2012 Clinical Conference website.

MDA clinic teams from across the country will hear about advances in clinical care and research from top neuromuscular disease experts, with ample opportunities for informal networking and discussion.

Angela Wrigglesworth

Angela Wrigglesworth, who teaches fourth grade in a public school near Houston and has SMA, will blog about the conference.

Vance Taylor

Vance Taylor, a homeland security consultant from Alexandria, Va., who has LGMD, will offer his perspective in a conference blog.

Participants include clinic directors and other clinic team members, such as therapists, counselors and MDA health care service coordinators.

Longtime MDA clinic directors and research grantees Jerry Mendell, of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and Michael Shy, of University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, will co-chair the proceedings. Both are neurologists who specialize in neuromuscular disorders.

Conference sessions — which start Monday morning, March 5 and end Wednesday afternoon, March 7 — center on five major themes:

  • the genetic basis of neuromuscular disease;
  • the immunology of neuromuscular disease;
  • best practices for care of people with neuromuscular diseases;
  • the MDA clinic; and
  • development of new therapies.

Keep informed through blogs, social media

Four daily blogs will be posted on the conference website.

Paul Muhlrad, MDA's director of basic research, will blog about the morning sessions, which focus on current research. Jane Larkindale, MDA's director of translational research, will blog about the afternoon sessions, which cover new developments in clinical care.

As individuals with neuromuscular diseases, Angela Wrigglesworth, of Houston, and Vance Taylor, of Alexandria, Va., will provide personal perspectives on the conference through their blogs. Both are members of MDA’s Task Force on Public Awareness.

News from the meeting also will be available through MDA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. On Twitter, stay updated with the hashtag #MDACC.

This is the second conference in MDA's new annual national conference series, which was launched with the Association's Scientific Conference in March 2011.

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