Our neuromuscular centre in the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU) is highly specialised in clinical care and research in the field of Neuromuscular Diseases (NMD), in particular in the areas of genetically determined and acquired conditions of motor neurons and peripheral nerve.
Together with other university medical centres in our country we are united in the Neuromuscular Centre the Netherlands. The aim of this collaboration in the Netherlands is to share knowledge and means and to create added value for medical centres, scientists, and patients with neuromuscular diseases. In addition, our NMD outpatient clinic is part of the Netherlands ALS Center (a collaboration with AMC Amsterdam to improve scientific research, treatment and care for patients with ALS and other motor neuron diseases in The Netherlands) and the Paediatric Neuromuscular Center (a specialised outpatient multidisciplinary NMD clinic for children, in collaboration with the department of Pediatric Neurology of the UMCU). The UMCU is also home to the Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)-Expert Centre of the Netherlands.
We have developed a close link between research and clinical activities and we actively pursue new partnerships with other stakeholders such as patient organisations, regulators and pharma. Strong research lines exist in genetics, epidemiology, risk factors, (neuro)imaging, translational neuroscience, clinical trials and quality of care. All infrastructure and expertise to perform top-level neuromuscular patient care at any age and patient-oriented research is in place at the UMCU.
Leonard H. van den Berg is a professor of neurology who holds a chair in experimental neurology of motor neuron diseases at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. He also is director of the center’s Laboratory for Neuromuscular Disease, director of the Netherlands ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Center, chairman of the Neuromuscular Centre the Netherlands, and chairman of …