This project is completed.

We use the latest approaches in medicine, science, nursing and allied health to improve diagnosis, facilitate prevention and transform treatment from compassionate management to effective therapy.

The Centre of Research Excellence in Neuromuscular Disorders is a collaboration of neuromuscular experts. 

Why research neuromuscular disorders?

Neuromuscular disorders can be debilitating and reduce a person’s lifespan and quality

While some disorders cause mild muscle weakness, others are severe and make it impossible to walk, or cause vital organs such as the heart and lungs to eventually fail.

Neuromuscular disorders are complex and challenging to diagnose

There are hundreds of genetic changes that can cause neuromuscular disorders. While we know of many, some of these genetic changes have not yet been isolated. It can also be hard to pinpoint the specific genetic changes that are responsible for each person who has a neuromuscular disorder. There is currently no cure or way to prevent neuromuscular conditions. The best treatments available can only delay the start of symptoms or reduce their severity.

Neuromuscular disorders represent a significant cost to both affected families and the community

Neuromuscular disorders are lifelong conditions requiring ongoing treatment and expensive support aids like wheelchairs, walkers, or mechanical lifts. Some parents of children with a neuromuscular disorder reduce or leave paid employment to care for their child. This can cause financial and emotional strain for families, and also impact the community through an increased welfare burden and reduced national productivity.