Jordi Díaz-Manera, M.D. Associate Professor, Muscular Diseases Unit, Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau, Barcelona
Anri Human holds the position of full-time lecturer in the Physiotherapy department of Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (previously known as Medunsa) in Pretoria, South Africa since 2008. Her love for Paediatrics started while working in public hospital and private practice sectors (2004-2008) including out-patients, neonatal and paediatric ICU. She completed her Master’s degree (2010) in Respiratory Paediatrics and obtained a Post-graduate Certificate in Higher Education (cum laude) in 2011 from the University of Pretoria. She is currently finalising her PhD at the University of Cape Town, under the supervision of professor Brenda Morrow, investigating Inspiratory Muscle Training in Paediatric Neuromuscular Diseases. Anri has presented at numerous local and international congresses, research days and workshops and supervises research projects for undergraduate as well as postgraduate physiotherapy students. Her awards include best poster prizes at the WCPT international congress and SMU Research Day (2017); ICNMD in Austria 2018; winner of the 3MT presentation competition at UCT (2017) as well as national 3MT winner and People’s choice awards (2018). She currently serves as secretary of the Cardiopulmonary Special Interest Group (CPRG) under the auspices of the South African Society of Physiotherapy and has recently been elected as a member of the executive committee of the International Confederation of Cardiorespiratory Physical therapists (ICCrPT). She has published in national and international peer reviewed journals and acts as peer reviewer for several medical and physiotherapy journals. Anri also serves on the expert panel for the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association, is a member of TREAT-NMD and is involved in fundraising/awareness projects with the Muscle Dystrophy Foundation of South Africa.
Ria, Vereniging Spierziekten Nederland (Dutch Neuro Muscular Disease Patientorganization), is amongst others project leader SMA and Pompe Disease and involved in FSHD and MD. In addition, Ria is a founder and still is adviser on the International Pompe Association, a former FSHD board member and a Founder of FSHD Europe. She has experience in drug development from the first development to availabilty (Pompe/SMA). She went through all stages and had to deal with supply and reimbursement issues, negative press, small/broad label, start stop criteria etc.
Prof. Rudolf Korinthenberg, MD is director emeritus of the Department of Neuropediatrics and Muscular Disorders at Children’s Hospital; University Hospital Freiburg. He received his paediatric and neuropediatric training at University Hospital Münster/Westfalia and has held his position as director and professor of Child Neurology from 1990 to September 2017. He has published on a broad range of topics in child neurology, and during the last 25 years has concentrated on clinical scientific work in Neuromuscular Disorders (NMD). He has conducted several German multicentric trials in NMD as principal investigator, he was head of the Trials Organisation Centre of MD-Net and the Clinical Trials Coordination Centre of TREAT-NMD, and he serves as an active member of the TACT committee.