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Translational Research in Europe - Assessment and Treatment of Neuromuscular diseases
KeywordsNeuromuscular diseases, clinical research
Project typeNetwork of Excellence
Funding agencyEuropean Commission
ObjectiveImproving trial-readiness worldwide, advancing patient diagnosis and care and accelerating pre-clinical research
Project coordinatorInstitute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University
ParticipantsUniversities, pharmaceutical companies, patient organisations

TREAT-NMD (treat NeuroMuscular Disease) is a global academic network that focuses on advancing research in neuromuscular disorders.[1] It was established in 2007 with its coordination centre at the Newcastle University.[2] As of 2018, the network comprises over a hundred research centres and patient organisations from 54 countries[3] as well as independent academics and patient representatives.[4] The network's aim is to provide infrastructure to accelerating research through supporting collaboration between its members.[5] Its main goals include improving trial-readiness worldwide, advancing patient diagnosis and care and accelerating pre-clinical research.[6][7]

Through patient registries, TREAT-NMD provides genotype-phenotype correlation between genetic mutations and neuromuscular disease burden.[8]


  1. ^ Leary, Rebecca; Oyewole, Anne; Bushby, Katharine; Aartsma-Rus, Annemieke (2017-07-06). "Translational Research in Europe for the Assessment and Treatment for Neuromuscular Disorders (TREAT-NMD)". Neuropediatrics. 48 (04): 211–220. doi:10.1055/s-0037-1604110. PMID 28683502.
  2. ^ Bushby, Katharine; Lynn, Stephen; Straub, Volker (July 2009). "Collaborating to bring new therapies to the patient--the TREAT-NMD model". Acta Myologica. 28 (1): 12–5. PMC 2859629. PMID 19772190.
  3. ^ "TREAT-NMD Alliance Members – Organizations". TREAT Neuromuscular Network. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  4. ^ "TREAT-NMD Alliance Members – Individuals". TREAT Neuromuscular Network. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  5. ^ "TREAT-NMD : About the TREAT-NMD network". TREAT Neuromuscular Network.
  6. ^ Willmann, Raffaella; Rüegg, Markus A.; Fairclough, Rebecca J.; Davies, Kay E; Possekel, Stefanie; Meier, Thomas (October 2008). "T.P.3.03 TREAT-NMD-Activity 7: Accelerate preclinical phase of new therapeutic treatment development". Neuromuscular Disorders (Conference abstract)|format= requires |url= (help). 18 (9–10): 794. doi:10.1016/j.nmd.2008.06.242.
  7. ^ Mercuri, Eugenio Maria; Mayhew, Anna G; Muntoni, Francesco; Straub, Volker; Van Ommen, Gert-Jan; Voit, Thomas; Bertini, Enrico; Bushby, Katherine (November 2008). "Towards harmonisation of outcome measures for DMD and SMA within TREAT-NMD; report of three expert workshops: TREAT-NMD/ENMC workshop on outcome measures, 12th--13th May 2007, Naarden, The Netherlands; TREAT-NMD workshop on outcome measures in experimental trials for DMD, 30th June--1st July 2007, Naarden, The Netherlands; conjoint Institute of Myology TREAT-NMD meeting on physical activity monitoring in neuromuscular disorders, 11th July 2007, Paris, France". Neuromuscular Disorders (Workshop report)|format= requires |url= (help). 18 (11): 894–903. doi:10.1016/j.nmd.2008.07.003. PMID 18818076.
  8. ^ Thompson R, Robertson A, Lochmüller H (2017). "Natural History, Trial Readiness and Gene Discovery: Advances in Patient Registries for Neuromuscular Disease". Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. 1031: 97–124. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-67144-4_5. PMID 29214567.

Further reading[edit]

  • Heslop, Emma; Csimma, Cristina; Straub, Volker; McCall, John; Nagaraju, Kanneboyina; Wagner, Kathryn R.; Caizergues, Didier; Korinthenberg, Rudolf; Flanigan, Kevin M. (2015-04-23). "The TREAT-NMD advisory committee for therapeutics (TACT): an innovative de-risking model to foster orphan drug development". Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases. 10 (1): 49. doi:10.1186/s13023-015-0258-1. PMC 4417237. PMID 25902795.
  • Bladen, Catherine L.; Rafferty, Karen; Straub, Volker; Monges, Soledad; Moresco, Angélica; Dawkins, Hugh; Roy, Anna; Chamova, Teodora; Guergueltcheva, Velina (2013-08-26). "The TREAT-NMD Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Registries: Conception, Design, and Utilization by Industry and Academia". Human Mutation. 34 (11): 1449–1457. doi:10.1002/humu.22390. PMID 23913485.
  • Aartsma-Rus, Annemieke; Mercuri, Eugenio; Vroom, Elizabeth; Balabanov, Pavel (April 2018). "Meeting report of the "Regulatory Exchange Matters" session at the 5th International TREAT-NMD Conference:: Lessons in communication: How an early dialogue between patients, regulators and academics can further therapy development for neuromuscular disorders Freiburg, Germany, 27-29 November 2017". Neuromuscular Disorders. doi:10.1016/j.nmd.2018.04.009. PMID 29778308.