Valeria A Sansone

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Dr Sansone has had experience in neuromuscular disorders both from a clinical and basic science point of view since the first years of Medical School, initially working in basic research regarding ion channel modulation in vitro using the patch-clamp technique. She then switched to clinical research in ion channel disorders since the first years of residency. For the past 22 years she has been in charge of in-patients with muscle disorders at the University Department of Neurology in Milan and she hase also been in charge of the State-run out-patient neuromuscular clinic at the Hospital Site. Her main field of research have been the myotonic disorders, especially the myotonic dystrophies. Since 2010 she has worked as a CINCH (International Consortium for Inherited Channelopathies) site co-PI, recruiting subjects for clinical studies. These clinical studies have given her experience in conducting clinical trials, in overcoming obstacles to patient recruitment and retention, in addressing challenges of drug supply, pursuing US, Italian and local regulatory approvals and working productively with clinical study groups. Since 2013, as Clinical Director of the Nemo Center in Milan, her field of interest has extended to address Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy as well as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis amongst neuromuscular disorders in general. She is Faculty at the University of Milan since 2006 (Ricercatore Confermato) and the NEMO Center is a University Teaching Hospital since 2013.

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