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Scientific Committee

Our Scientific Committee is composed of an international group of neuroscientists and neurologists with particular expertise in spinal muscular atrophy. It is administered by SMA Europe’s Coordinator.

Chair: Brunhilde Wirth

Professor of Human Genetics and Director of the Institute of Human Genetics at the Medical Faculty of the University of Cologne, Germany.
Vice-Chair: Laurent Servais

Professor of Paediatric Neuromuscular Diseases, Oxford University and Professor of Child Neurology at Liège Université, Liège, Belgium
Local Host: Eduardo Tizzano

Paediatrician & Medical Geneticist, Director of the Department of Clinical and Molecular Genetics and Unit of Rare Diseases, Hospital Universitari Valle Hebrón, Barcelona, Spain.
Claudio Bruno

Head, Center of Translational and Experimental Myology, IRCCS Istituto Giannina Gaslini, Genova, and Contract Professor in Paediatrics at the School of Medicine, University of Genova, Italy
Stefania Corti

Neurologist, Associate Professor of Neurology and Principal Investigator of Neural Stem Cell Lab at the University of Milan in Italy.
Richard Finkel

Paediatric Neurologist and Division Chief of the Division of Neurology, Department of Paediatrics at Nemour’s Children’s Hospital in Florida, USA.
Tom Gillingwater

Professor of Anatomy at the University of Edinburgh and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Anatomy.
Ewout Groen

Senior Researcher, SMA Center of Expertise, UMC Utrecht Brain Center, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands
Ulrika Kreicbergs

Ulrika Kreicbergs holds a professorship in palliative care for children and youth at Ersta Sköndal University College and is also associated to the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm.
Cécile Martinat

Head of INSERM/UEVE UMR 861 in I-STEM, the first institute in France dedicated to the use of human pluripotent stem cells to study and treat monogenic diseases.
Cecile MARTINAT
Christian Simon

Group Leader, Carl-Ludwig Institute for Physiology, Leipzig University, Germany
Charlotte Sumner

Professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USA
Ludo van der Pol

Neurologist and Professor of Neurology, head of the Netherlands SMA center at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) in The Netherlands.
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