Dear members of the World Muscle Society, friends and colleagues,
The 28th International Annual Congress of the World Muscle Society took place from 3rd – 7th October 2023, in Charleston, South Carolina, United States.
It was a record breaking Congress for the WMS with more than 1,000 delegates registered to attend in person from 48 countries around the world. More than 200 delegates registered for virtual-only attendance. In addition, 475 delegates submitted abstracts, 79 were awarded travel fellowships and nine took advantage of the new WMS Caregiver Grant.
The congress venue was the Charleston Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive, part of the Coliseum, Performing Arts Center, and Convention Center campus and the Lowcountry’s premier destination for entertainment and education.
We made the presentations and e-posters available via our platform and app for delegates who attended virtually or who wanted to revisit sections of the programme.
Charleston is an historic colonial town with a vibrant culture, complex history, and idyllic coastal location. Charleston International Airport is South Carolina’s largest airport and has numerous daily connections to major cities across the USA. This made it a great location for our US based community to welcome other international attendees.
The academic and clinical teams from Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Washington University St. Louis led by Lindsay Alfano and Conrad “Chris” Weihl, together with the Local Organising Committee and the WMS Programme Committee, were the hosts and organisers of the meeting. The five-day meeting provided an opportunity to catch up on the latest developments in neuromuscular diseases from around the world.
The main thematic topics of this congress focused on translational medicine were:
Topic 1: Understanding phenotypic and genetic diversity in neuromuscular disorders
Topic 2: Pathobiology of neuromuscular expansion disorders
Topic 3: The effect of lifestyle, exercise and nutrition on neuromuscular pathology and outcomes
Following the longstanding tradition of the WMS, the meeting was preceded by a teaching course, on 2nd and 3rd October 2023.
We are very much enjoyed welcoming you to Charleston and look forward to seeing you again for WMS 2024 in Prague!
To see photos and videos from the Congress, please visit the WMS website.
Lindsay Alfano and Conrad “Chris” Weihl
The World Muscle Society is a dynamic community that aims to promote, disseminate, and share all aspects of neuromuscular physiology and diseases, from basic science to patient care. It encompasses a broad range of scientists and healthcare professionals who share the common interest for neuromuscular disorders.
WMS wishes to be inclusive and actively promotes diversity. Students and colleagues from low- and medium-income countries are not only welcomed at a very affordable fee, but they are also actively encouraged to make the most of the personal and career development opportunities that the WMS promotes.
WMS is conscious of its environmental responsibility and actively promotes ecological-friendly policies.