Our team was honored to sponsor, support, and attend the 5th Alternative Muscle Club (AMC) meeting hosted by UC San Diego at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine on September 22, 2017. The annual AMC meeting provides a chance for young muscle scientists to present their work, network, learn about exciting local research developments, and gain support around career and collaboration development. Student and professional representatives from academic, industry, and medical backgrounds presented on a variety of muscle-related topics. Researchers spoke on genetic contributions to sarcopenia (skeletal muscle aging), therapeutics to boost exon-skipping approaches for Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, developmental loss of muscle during formation of the muscle-less jerboa foot, single-cell analysis of muscle progenitor cells during human development, the influence of biological sex on cardiomyocyte biology, and many other very interesting and impressive projects.
Our group at Genea shared our stem cell-based in vitro muscle modeling of Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy and gave a workshop focused on preparation for industry interviews. We also were excited to select and provide prizes for the meeting’s Poster Awards and Young Investigator Award, with the top prize awarded to Dr. Simone Bersini (Salk) for his talk entitled, “Engineering 3D human vascularized muscle environments for the study of fibrosis.” Overall, the AMC was a great opportunity to network with and recognize the hard work of young scientists, present and discuss our current research, and facilitate a better connected and supported muscle research landscape in San Diego. We’re thankful to the organizers for all of their efforts in facilitating this event and look forward to next year’s meeting. More info on the meeting can be found at http://amcsd.ucsd.edu/