Ottawa neuromuscular researchers show global leadership

September 27, 2017

Neuromuscular researchers at The Ottawa Hospital, the University of Ottawa and CHEO shone on the global stage last weekend, during the 4th Ottawa International Conference on Neuromuscular Disease & Biology (Ottawa NMD 2017). The conference featured over 40 high-level talks by world-leaders in NMD research and clinical care, and was attended by 250 neuromuscular scientists, clinicians, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students from around the world. At the Gala Dinner, held at the Canadian Museum of History, Dr. Michael Rudnicki was awarded the “Dr. George Karpati Researcher of the Year Award” by Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Dr. Rudnicki received this award in recognition of his many years of outstanding research on muscle development and disease. The conference was co-chaired by Drs. Robin Parks, Jodi Warman Chardon, Bernard Jasmin and Rashmi Kothary. The conference website and registration system was developed by Mike Hendley ( and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute’s Business Systems Integration team.

The Ottawa Hospital: Inspired by research. Driven by compassion

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