Neuromuscular Junction Research Conference 2021

Online conference on Neuromuscular Junction Research, organised by and for early-career researchers (ECRs).

We are a group of young researchers at the University of Edinburgh with an enthusiasm for studying the neuromuscular junction.

We are pleased to invite you and your labs to the Neuromuscular Junction (NMJ) Research Conference 2021 hosted online by and for early career researchers.

Whilst we envision this as an exciting opportunity for all interested parties to attend, first and foremost we hope that this online conference will provide a platform for MSc, PhD and early postdoctoral researchers to share their research and to network. Please do feel free to share this invite with colleagues or students you believe may be interested.

The Euan MacDonald Centre has provided prize money for the best talks so we encourage all Principal Investigators to motivate their students to participate as all abstracts that cover NMJ research are eligible.

As travel is still restricted across countries and we are keen to connect in a safe and responsible way, we are looking forward to seeing research that happens across the globe. As this conference will be hosted in BST, we are aware that some time zones might not be compatible, however, we do warmly welcome anyone interested. We are also advertising this event on Twitter (), where we will post regular conference updates.


Conference Details

Date: 5-7 October, 2021, afternoons only local time (GMT +1).

Location: Online, on Zoom

Cost: none - this event is free

Abstract submission 

Please submit Abstracts using this Microsoft Forms page: 

There is the option to include graphical abstracts with your submission, which will be promoted on the conference Twitter () and in the brochure.

ECRs can submit two types of abstracts across each of the six sessions:

  • 5 minute talks - these are ideal for MSc or PhD students to present preliminary data/work in progress or project plans, as this can provide a great opportunity for feedback (if desired) from the community or to simply showcase the exciting research we can expect
  • 15 minute talks - ideal for later-stage ECRs


The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 3rd September. Speakers will be notified of the outcome no later than Friday 10th of September.


Each afternoon will feature two sessions, with a keynote speaker each and a combination of 5 and 15 minute talks from early-career researchers. Each talk will offer sufficient time to answer questions.

Tuesday, October 5th

Session 1 - Molecular Mechanisms
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gregorio Valdez (Brown University, United States)

Session 2 - Electrophysiology
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kosala Dissanayake (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Wednesday, October 6th

Session 3 - Development and Ageing
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Daniel Ham (Biozentrum Basel, Switzerland)

Session 4 - Pathology and Diseases
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Helena Chaytow (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Thursday, October 7th

Session 5 - Animal/In vitro models of the NMJ and comparative studies
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Olaia F. Vila (Gladstone Institutes/UCSF)

Session 6 - Methods
Keynote Speaker: Dr. James Sleigh (University College London, UK)

Attendance and networking

The conference itself will be held on Zoom and joining details will be made available closer to the time on the conference Slack channel.

Registration and attendance will take place exclusively through the conference Slack channel. If you have not yet registered, please get in touch to receive a joining link for the “NMJ conference” Slack, where we have created a multitude of channels which are aimed to promote networking.

We have included a space for extra Q&As which speakers will answer when time runs out, a channel for recent publications where you can share your pre-prints/new publications, and spaces to discuss science, ask methods questions or just chit chat. 

Certificates of attendance can be provided on request.


Join the Slack: To receive the joining link for Slack please email either one of us (email addresses below) or get in touch on Twitter () and we will send through an invite link or add you manually.


If you have any questions regarding organisation, timing, or if you would like to advertise research positions in your lab and you would like to include this in the conference brochure, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the conference committee (email addresses below).


With kind regards,

Abrar Alhindi, Ines Boehm, Lauren Fish, Abdullah Ramadan

NMJ research conference 2021 organisation committee






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Neuromuscular Junction Research Conference 2021

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The conference itself will be held on Zoom and joining details will be made available closer to the time on the conference Slack channel.