Plenary Sessions

This year’s plenary topic, The Status of Inherited Muscle Diseases in 2022, has been chosen by AANEM President Holli Horak, MD, to highlight the dramatic changes in how we assess and treat persons with muscle diseases.

"As physiatrists, neurologists, and health care professionals we all want to perform the most accurate evaluations and provide the best, latest treatment options to our patients. Meeting attendees will learn about assessment techniques such as genetic testing, and hear about new treatments such as exon skipping for Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy" said Dr. Horak. "Whether someone is just starting their career or they are well established, I feel that this year’s plenary will help all of us."


2022 Plenary Speakers:

From Histological Harpoons to Genetic Scissors: A Journey Through the Muscular Dystrophies
Olney Lecture

Pushpa Narayanaswami, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School

Vice Chair (Clinical Operations), Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Novel Therapeutic Approaches to LGMD
Lambert Lecture

Kevin M. Flanigan, MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Director, Center for Gene Therapy, Abigail Wexner Research Institute
Robert F. and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation Endowed Chair in Neuromuscular Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Diagnosis and Management of LGMD

Teerin Liewluck, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Consultant, Muscle Pathology Laboratory and Division of Neuromuscular Medicine, Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic

The Current Approach to Management of Inherited Muscle Disease

Aloysia L. Schwabe, MD

Associate Professor, Departments of PM&R and Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine
Division Chief of Pediatric PM&R at Texas Children’s Hospital
Co-Director, Motion Lab at Texas Children’s Hospital
Advisory Board Member, Texas A&M Department of Biomedical Engineering

New Treatments for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Reiner Lecture

Emma Ciafaloni, MD

Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester Medical Center
Robert C. and Rosalyne H. Griggs Professor in Experimental Therapeutics of Neurologic Disease at the University of Rochester Medical Center

Applying Equity Frameworks in Inherited Neuromuscular Disorders
Surinderjit Singh Young Lecture

Molly M. Fuentes, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington
Attending Physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital
Consulting Physician at Alaska Native Medical Center