ANN Congress 24-26 May 2023, Surfair Event Centre, Marcoola, QLD

Sponsor Platinum Sponsor:

The organisers are pleased to announce that registration and abstract submissions are open for the ANN Congress 2023 at the Surfair Events Centre in Marcoola on the Sunshine Coast. The programme has been developed to offer something to all members of the ANN whether primarily a researcher, clinician or member of a pharmaceutical organisation.

Researchers have the opportunity to submit an abstract to showcase their work in either an oral presentation or a poster. Please see below for more information.

Future of ANN Planning Meeting:

Wednesday 24th May 2023 2-4pm

In person: Surfair Conference centre.

Online: link available. Please email [email protected] to request the link

Special Guest Speaker: Prof. Volker Straub

Prof. Volker Straub

Professor of Neuromuscular Genetics

Harold Macmillan Professor of Medicine and Professor for Neuromuscular Genetics

Director, John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre

Deputy Dean, Institute of Translational and Clinical Research, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

The organisers are very excited to welcome Professor Volker Straub to the Sunshine coast to deliver two plenary presentations, the first focused on Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophies and the second highlighting a recently discovered muscle disease.

Prof. Straub trained as a paediatric neurologist at the University of Düsseldorf and the University of Essen in Germany. He wrote his PhD thesis on Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr Kevin Campbell’s laboratory at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, USA. He joined the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle University, UK, in 2003.

Professor Straub has a long-standing interest in the pathogenesis of genetic muscle diseases, with research involving zebrafish and mouse models, the application of magnetic resonance imaging, next generation sequencing and other –omics technologies.

One of Professor Straub’s main interests in muscle diseases is around translational research. He was the co-founder of the EU FP6 funded network of excellence for genetic neuromuscular diseases, TREAT-NMD (, and he continuous to be involved in many large European projects funded by the EU. He is the Chief/Principal Investigator for several natural history and interventional trials in DMD, LGMD, Pompe disease, spinal muscular atrophy, and other NMDs. He is the current president of the World Muscle Society and an author on over 400 peer-reviewed publications.

Scientific Programme:


Please register to attend the ANN 2023 using the link below:

Abstract Submission – Closing 31st March 2023

Call for Abstracts:

If you would like to share your research project with the scientists, medical, allied health and nursing clinicians in the ANN community, please submit a 250 \-word abstract using the submission template (below) via email to [email protected] with “ANN 2023 Abstract submission” in the subject line or click on the link below.

Submission guidelines

· The presenting author must be registered to attend the ANN 2023 meeting

· Opportunities will be available for oral presentations (strictly 7 minutes talking time only) and conference posters

· All abstracts must be submitted by 5pm March 31, 2023

· Maximum word count for abstracts is 250 words

· All authors will be notified of their submission outcome by April 14, 2023

· There will be prizes for best poster and oral presentations

Submission template

Abstract title:

Presenting author (including affiliation(s), email and phone contact details):

Please indicate if the presenting author is a: student or ECR or other

Preferred format: oral or poster

Abstract authors:

Abstract text (250-word max):

Conference Accommodation: Ramada Wyndham, Marcoola

Ramada Wyndham, Marcoola

The organisers have managed to secure a limited number of rooms at discounted rates for the conference at the Wyndham Ramada in Marcoola.

Please contact the hotel directly to book your accommodation quoting “Australian Neuromuscular Network Conference” to secure the discounted rates.

The hotel can be contacted:
Phone: 07 5412 0100
Email: [email protected]

Congress Sponsors

ANN 2023 SponsorsThe organisers are very grateful to the generous support we have received from our conference sponsors:

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Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors: