Jan Kirschner (Professor of Pediatric Neurology) has been joint coordinator of the German network for neuromuscular disorders MD-NET (www.md-net.org) since 2008. He has been involved in planning and conducting several multicentre clinical trials. He was responsible for the coordination of a large multi-centre, placebo-controlled MD-NET trial in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Jan has established the Care and Trial Site Registry (CTSR) containing feasibility information about neuromuscular centres worldwide. Jan has coordinated the CARE-NMD project funded by the European Union (2010-2013) with the aim to improve standard of care for Duchenne muscular dystrophy throughout Europe (www.care-nmd.eu). He has a long-standing interest in the diagnosis and treatment of myopathies, muscular dystrophies, and motoneuron diseases in children and adolescence. He is an experienced clinical researcher in this area. Jan and his team have established the SMArtCARE network to collect real-world data for patients with SMA in German speaking countries (www.smartcare.de).