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The First KD Banbury Conference was held on September 10-12

The First KD Banbury Conference was held on September 10-12

The KDA Tries a New Approach to Researcher Collaboration. On September 10-12, 2023, the KDA held its first Banbury Conference. Researchers from around the world gathered at the Banbury Center to stimulate additional research into the mechanisms of SBMA pathology, and to identify potential therapeutic approaches.

A key goal of the workshop was to invite fresh perspectives from research experts with a diversity of backgrounds and to encourage new collaborations among scientists leading to new areas of SBMA research and/or therapy development.

Banbury Center in New York is a gathering spot for scientific think tanks. “The meetings are recognized internationally as being amongst the world’s best discussion workshops for topics in molecular biology, molecular genetics, human genetics, neuroscience and science policy.”

Technical sessions covered topics including:
Role of muscle, nerve and the neuromuscular junction in SBMA
Modeling cell biology using Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)
Innovative Next steps in SBMA Research

The conference produced so many new ideas that we are planning the Second KD Banbury Conference in 2024! Funding for the workshop was provided by the 2023 KD Texas Golf Scramble. Thank you!

Photo by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory/Constance Brukin.