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Biogen virtual symposium

World Muscle Society 2021 Virtual Congress

On September 20, 2021, leading medical experts presented their latest insights on nerve and muscle biomarkers in SMA and ALS. Here's a recap of Biogen's symposium.

Biomarkers of nerve and muscle changes in SMA and ALS

Our expert Faculty discussed the potential roles of biomarkers of nerve damage (neurofilaments), energy storage and metabolism within muscles and disease specific biomarkers in clinical practice. Learn more about the speakers and what they discussed at the symposium, and find links to more information.

Meet the faculty

and Q&A

Matthew Kiernan


University of Sydney and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia

biomarkers and
neurofilaments in ALS

Charlotte Sumner


The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

biomarkers and
neurofilaments in SMA

Philip Van Damme


University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

“Serum creatine kinase and
creatinine in adult spinal
muscular atrophy”

René Günther

Dr. Med.

Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), Dresden, Germany

More Resources about SMA and ALS for Healthcare Professionals

As noted at Biogen’s WMS symposium, biology and genetics have significant implications for the clinical practices around SMA.

For more about ALS, visit Biogen's website, insideALS: A resource for EU healthcare professionals interested in learning more about the rapidly changing science of ALS, featuring content co-created with key medical experts in the field.

Stay up to date

Learn more about Biogen's participation in
NMD and Neurology events

Check out the Biogen-sponsored symposia, publications and posters about SMA from this and past congresses at:


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