Dear members of the World Muscle Society, dear friends and colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to attend the 28th International Annual Congress of the World Muscle Society that will take place 3rd – 7th October 2023, in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. The congress venue is the Charleston Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive, it is part of the Coliseum, Performing Arts Center, and Convention Center campus and is the Lowcountry’s premier destination for entertainment and education.

We will also be making the presentations and e-posters available via our platform and app for delegates who wish to attend virtually. We are working hard to ensure that the registration process is as flexible as possible as we continue to navigate these ever changing and uncertain times.

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 is a great location for our US based community to welcome other international attendees. Please review the current information regarding travel to the United States which is available on our Information section of the Congress website prior to planning your travel. As always, the health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance to us. For information about current public health and safety measures, please review our Information section of the Congress website.

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, are the hosts and organisers of this meeting. The 5-day meeting will be an opportunity to catch up on the latest developments in neuromuscular diseases from around the world. 

Following the longstanding tradition of the WMS, the meeting will be preceded by a teaching course, on 2-3 October 2023. 

Contributions about new advances across the neuromuscular field are very welcome. The main thematic topics of this congress focused on translational medicine are: 

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

Lindsay Alfano
Lindsay Alfano
Conrad “Chris” Weihl
Conrad “Chris” Weihl

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Charleston! 

Lindsay Alfano and Conrad “Chris” Weihl
Congress Co-Chairs


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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.

For more information about our Society please visit our website.


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