Victorian Muscle Network Symposium

l-r – Prof Peter Currie, Prof Andrea Maier, Boris M Struk, Prof Gordon Lynch & Prof Kathryn North

The Inaugural Victorian Muscle Network Symposium was held at Bio21 yesterday (19th June 2018) prior to the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR).

International speakers presenting included Prof Frédéric Relaix (Mondor Biomedical Research Institute, INSERM, France) and Prof Shahragim Tajbakhsh (Institut Pasteur, France), two experts in the field of muscle stem cells and regeneration and delivered their powerful and important research.

This was followed by a panel discussion on the topic of “Delivering on translational promise”.

The panel members were Prof Kathryn North (Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute), Prof Peter Currie (Director of the Australian Medical Research Institute), Prof Gordon Lynch (Director of the new Centre for Muscle Research), Prof Andrea Maier (Professorial Fellow General Medicine and Aged Care, The University of Melbourne Divisional Director Medicine and Community Care, Royal Melbourne Hospital) and Boris M Struk Executive Director Muscular Dystrophy Australia.

Boris M Struk was invited to open the discussion by MC Dr Emma Gallaher and said “today we must first aim to make a small difference to improve quality of life and then continue to research until the big difference can be made in the future”.

This panel provided many a thought provoking statements and discussed the journey forward.





The Inaugural Victorian Muscle Network Symposium was a huge success and as they say “watch this space for further exciting developments in the MD research field.