Ottawa NMD 2019

5th Ottawa International Conference on Neuromuscular Disease and Biology

October 17-19, 2019 | Ottawa, Canada


Ottawa NMD 2019 Conference

The uOttawa Centre for Neuromuscular Disease is hosting the 5th Ottawa International Conference on Neuromuscular Disease and Biology on October 17-19, 2019.

The Ottawa NMD 2019 conference will offer an outstanding program emphasizing recent breakthroughs in basic and translational research and clinical discoveries in neuromuscular disease.

The Conference is structured for both basic researchers and clinicians/physicians and will feature internationally-recognized invited speakers highlighting advances in all aspects of NMD research, including new clinical diagnostic techniques, biology of disease pathogenesis, basic muscle and stem cell biology, and promising therapies to treat these devastating disorders.

As in past years, trainees are also encouraged to attend and participate – selected abstracts will be featured for platform presentation during the scientific sessions.

Confirmed Speakers Ottawa NMD 2019

Keynote Speaker – Elizabeth McNally MD/PhD, Northwestern University, US

Annemieke Aartsma-Rus PhD, Leiden University Medical Center, NL

Robert Baloh MD/PhD, Cedars-Sinai, US

Michael Benatar MD/PhD, University of Miami, US

Carsten Bönnemann MD/PhD, NIH, US

Bernard Brais MD/PhD, McGill University, CA

Kevin Campbell PhD, University of Iowa, US

Stephen Cannon MD/PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, US

Ronald Cohn MD, University of Toronto, CA

Jordi Díaz-Manera MD/PhD, Universitari de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, ES

Thomas Gillingwater PhD, University of Edinburgh, UK

Emanuela Gussoni PhD, Harvard University, US

Mary-Ellen Harper PhD, University of Ottawa, CA

Rita Horvath MD/PhD, Cambridge University, UK

Lawrence Korngut MD, University of Calgary, CA

Hanns Lochmüeller MD/PhD, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, CA

Christophe Marcelle PhD, University of Lyon, FR
Carlos T. Moraes PhD, University of Miami, US

Gerald Pfeffer MD/PhD, University of Calgary, CA

Thomas Rando MD/PhD, Stanford University, US

Laura Ranum PhD, University of Florida, US

Fabio Rossi MD/PhD, University of British Columbia, CA

Michael Rudnicki PhD, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, CA

Melissa Spencer PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, US

Volker Straub MD/PhD, Newcastle University, UK

Nathalie Streichenberger MD, Université Claude Bernard Lyon, FR

Charlotte Sumner MD/PhD, Johns Hopkins University, US

Charles Thornton MD/PhD, University of Rochester, US

Christine Vande Velde PhD, University of Montreal, CA

Jodi Warman Chardon MD, The Ottawa Hospital, CA

Brunhilde Wirth PhD, University of Cologne, DE

Matthew Woods MD/PhD, Oxford University, UK

Rafael Yanez-Munoz PhD, University of London, UK

Stephan Züchner MD/PhD, University of Miami, US
Highlighting Recent Advances in Basic, Translational & Clinical Neuromuscular Disease Research, Neuromuscular and Stem Cell Biology, Muscle Atrophy, ALS, SMA, Neuropathies, Myasthenic Syndromes, Muscular & Myotonic Dystrophies, Myopathies


days of ground breaking scientific and clinical NMD talks!


international speakers


The Conference is structured for both established and emerging basic scientists and clinicians from a variety of neuromuscular disease disciplines and specialties and features internationally-recognized invited speakers, oral presentations and poster sessions. Participants will also be able to present their research in a poster format, and several top abstracts will be selected for platform presentations. Poster presenters will also be eligible for research poster awards. All participants submitting abstracts must have already registered for the conference.

Outstanding Conference Venue

Ottawa, Canada:

Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is a vibrant city offering award-winning museums, a dynamic and culturally diverse downtown and excellent cuisine.

Ottawa NMD Premier Conference Venue

The Conference will be held at ‘The Westin Ottawa,’ a premier hotel and world-class conference facility. The Westin is conveniently located in downtown Ottawa, approximately 18 minutes from the Ottawa International Airport (YOW).

Located in the centre of the city and nestled by the Rideau Canal, the Westin is connected to the premium Rideau Centre shopping centre and the heart of the city’s popular tourism district is just steps away.