- The 201st ENMC International Workshop on autophagy in muscular dystrophies (MD) was held in Bussum, The Netherlands, on 1–3 November 2013, and was attended by 20 participants from 10 countries (France, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, and USA). Participants included biochemists, biologists, pathologists, molecular geneticists, neurologists, and paediatricians.
- Twenty-four clinicians, basic scientists and representatives of a patient advocacy organisation and pharmaceutical companies from 8 countries (Australia, England, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, USA) gathered in Naarden, The Netherlands, to discuss the group of neuromuscular disorders caused by the deficiency of collagen type VI (ColVI), collectively termed ColVI-related myopathies.
- The 125th ENMC International Workshop was a follow-up on the previous ENMC Workshop on Neuromuscular Disorders in Gypsies, which took place in March 2001. The unique feature of both meetings was their focus on a specific population, rather than on a specific disease, and on the contribution of this population to our general understanding of neuromuscular pathology. In the 7 years that followed the first reports on neuromuscular disorders (NMDs) in Gypsies [1,2], growing interest has resulted in over 40 publications, describing novel disorders, founder mutations, and genotype–phenotype correlations.