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  • 12th International Conference on Myasthenia Gravis and Related Disorders

    May 21 - 23, 2012
    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Presented by the New York Academy of Sciences and the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Inc.

    Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a rare, acquired autoimmune syndrome in which pathogenic auto-antibodies attack key proteins at the neuromuscular junction—most often, the muscle nicotinic acetylcholine receptor—disrupting synaptic transmission. Often, the result is severe muscle weakness, fatigability, and disability in patients, which may be life threatening. In the last 30 – 40 years, significant advances in diagnosis and treatment of MG have reduced the burden of high mortality and severe disability, and more recently research has produced novel potential therapeutic targets, clearer definitions of MG clinical subtypes, and new clinical trials to improve treatment options. Yet, diagnosis remains problematic because of nonspecific and fluctuating symptoms, and available therapeutics primarily treat symptoms or involve global suppression of the immune system.

    The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America and the New York Academy of Sciences present this 12th international conference to galvanize efforts among researchers studying autoimmune and neuromuscular junction disease and to encourage continued progress in the diagnosis and treatment of MG that will help to improve patient outcomes and quality of life. This 3-day international conference will feature topics that span basic, translational, and clinical neuroscience and immunology related to MG and other autoimmune and neuromuscular junction disorders.


    Emma Ciafaloni, MD

    University of Rochester

    Matthew N. Meriggioli, MD, FAAN

    University of Illinois College of Medicine

    Robert L. Ruff, MD, PhD

    Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University

    Gil I. Wolfe, MD

    University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

    Young Investigator Travel Fellowships

    On behalf of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, we are pleased to announce the following travel fellowship winners. Winners were chosen based on their application materials and outstanding abstract submissions. Each winner will receive waived conference registration and $1000 towards their travel and accommodation expenses to attend the conference.

    Revital Aricha, PhD, The Weizmann Institute of Science
    Eyal Ben-Ami, MSc, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
    Alejandro M. Gomez, MSc Maastricht University
    Maartje G. Huijbers, MSc, Leiden University Medical Centre
    Paraskevi Zisimopoulou, PhD, Hellenic Pasteur Institute

    Registration Pricing

      By 4/13/2012 After 4/13/2012 Onsite: 5/20/2012
    Member $550 $600 $650
    Student / Postdoc / Fellow Member $350 $375 $400
    Nonmember Academic $700 $750 $800
    Nonmember Corporate $850 $900 $950
    Nonmember Not for Profit $700 $750 $800
    Student / Postdoc / Fellow Nonmember $350 $375 $400

    Myasthenia Gravis and other neuromuscular junction disease patients are eligible to register at NYAS member rates. For more information, please contact Ms. Melanie Koundourou at or 212.298.8681.

    Presented by

    • The New York Academy of Sciences
    • Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America

    Silver Sponsor

    • CSL Behring

    Grant Support

    This project is supported by Grant Number R13NS077665 from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), and the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NINDS, NCATS, ORD, or the National Institutes of Health.

    For a full list of sponsors, please view the Sponsors tab.