Information for early career researchers and clinicians

Our World Muscle Society (WMS) community is a supportive and welcoming one. We celebrate science and discovery, share knowledge and support one another in pursuit of scientific advances.

The WMS considers early career researchers and clinicians as individuals who are within 10 years of their last degree, or who have been in the neuromuscular field for less than 10 years, or who self-identify as an early-career researcher or clinicians.

The field of neuromuscular disorders is broad, encompassing a range of conditions that impair the functioning of the muscles, either directly, being pathologies of the voluntary muscle, or indirectly, being pathologies of the peripheral nervous system or neuromuscular junctions.

For early career researchers and clinicians, knowing how to access the right support and meet the people who have the potential to influence your career can seem overwhelming.

At the WMS, as part of our commitment to advancing the science around neuromuscular disorders, we are committed to supporting early career researchers and clinicians. You can find out more about our efforts as a Society to support early career researchers and clinicians on the WMS website

At this year's Congress, we have tried to cater for early career researchers and clinicians. The Congress provides an ideal opportunity to meet other people working in the field, learn from them, discover new breakthroughs and share your own experiences.

Our Pre-Congress Teaching Course, where neuromuscular specialists provide an in-depth overview of the field of neuromuscular disorders including modern approaches to patient evaluation and developments in myology runs immediately before the main congress. We encourage all physicians, researchers, therapists, and neuropathologists interested in learning more about neuromuscular disorders from leaders in the field to attend.

To make WMS 2024 more accessible, this year we have:

All these initiatives are designed to reduce the financial burden of attending the Congress in person. Of course, we also have our full programme available remotely via our virtual platform for those unable to travel, but we can’t quite replicate the value of being in the room and making those human connections.

In addition, we are building on new sessions launched at the 2023 Congress to help early career researchers and clinicians make the most of their time at the Congress:

Meet the Experts Event for new members

Wednesday 9th October, 13:15-14:30, Zoom room, first floor

The Meet the Expert session will provide an opportunity for attendees to gain insights and knowledge from experts and leaders in the field of NMD in a more intimate setting than other Congress sessions. 

Attendees will be encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences, and to debate, discuss and question key topics around the table.  A light lunch will be served. 

Career Development Workshop

Thursday 10th October, 13:45-14:45, Zoom room, first floor

With a focus on early careers and professional development, this session will provide information and insights into current and future opportunities within the field of NMD including academia, corporate/industry, and across a range of healthcare settings.

Encouraging new connections and networking with colleagues and experts, this is an opportunity to gain guidance on engagement with key industry and professional sectors and the range of career opportunities and pathways available. A light lunch will be served.

Interesting Cases Discussion

Those who have attended the Pre-Congress Teaching Course will have found this part of the course particularly interesting. This year we are introducing an additional session in the Congress Programme with the aim of using our combined, global knowledge in our field to solve difficult, unusual or as yet unsolved cases. 

Myology Café

WMS members may already be aware of our bi-monthly virtual networking events. For WMS 2024, we are once again bringing the virtual into the real world.

Throughout the Congress, we will have a series of Café sessions dedicated to different discussion topics. You'll have the opportunity to meet some of our committees and influence what they focus on over the coming months. You'll get to meet colleagues from around the world to discuss the latest advances in the field of neuromuscular disorders. And you'll get to sit in a comfortable and modern coffee bar and enjoy your favourite barista-made beverage. 

The WMS is here for you. We want to do all we can to support your professional advancement as you work to advance the science and care of patients with neuromuscular disorders.

Headshot photo sessions for early career researchers and clinicians

To support early career researchers and clinicians as you raise your professional profile, we are adding headshot photo sessions to the programme.

These sessions will take place in the media room (room TBC). Come along to any of these sessions (no need to pre-book) for a professional profile photo that you can to use for presentations, programmes, social media profiles and more. 

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