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11th Annual UCI Neuromuscular Colloquium

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21500 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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The UCI School of Medicine 2023 Neuromuscular Colloquium provides an academic forum for regional and national physicians who specialize entirely or to a significant degree in neuromuscular medicine.

This colloquium is designed to encourage an atmosphere of collaboration and interaction between the various neuromuscular specialists in the US, Canada and internationally. It is a forum to discuss the latest topics and advances in neuromuscular medicine and review interesting and challenging cases, with several live patient presentations. Such activities are aimed to improve patient care by promoting closer research collaboration and the development of new research projects between the various groups and institutions.

Learning objectives

After completing the learning activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Identify different clinical presentations and patterns of involvement in neuromuscular diseases.
  • Describe current diagnostic and management strategies in rare and orphan neuromuscular diseases.
  • Understand current standards and guidelines for the management of neuromuscular disorders.
  • Understand the genetic basis of inherited myopathies and advancements in gene therapies as exemplified by X-linked myotubular myopathy.
  • Understand the changing landscape of myasthenia gravis treatment in light of recent development of targeted therapies such as complement inhibition and neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) blockade.
  • Identify current and emerging therapies in autoimmune neuromuscular diseases including Myasthenia Gravis, immune-mediated neuropathies and myopathies.
  • Discuss ongoing clinical trials in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis including gene-targeted and stem cell-based therapies.
  • Identify features on muscle pathology that help distinguish distinct subtypes of inflammatory muscle diseases.



A special conference rate for standard rooms will start at $354 for a King/Double while availability lasts.

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Cancellation policy

Cancellations received by Monday, May 22, 2023, will receive a full refund. Cancellations made after May 20 will be subject to a 75 percent cancellation fee. Send cancellation requests by email to


Accreditation Statement:

The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement:

The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approval Statement
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Continuing Certification Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory,  11th Annual UCI Neuromuscular Colloquium has met the requirements as a Lifelong Learning CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:

ABMS Lifelong Learning CME Activity
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Psychiatry and Neurology

Disclosure policy:

It is the policy of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and the University of California CME Consortium to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all CME activities. Full disclosure of conflicts and conflict resolutions will be made prior to the activity in writing via handout materials, insert or syllabus.

  • Agenda

    Friday, June 2, 2023

  • 7:00 a.m.        Registration and Continental Breakfast

  • 8:00 a.m.                Introduction and Opening Remarks
                                    Tahseen Mozaffar, MD
                                    Professor, UCI, Department of Neurology

  • 8:15 a.m.        Leaders in the Field Talk #1: Muscle Disorders
    Speaker: Conrad Chris Weihl, MD, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
                           Introduction: Tahseen Mozaffar, MD Moderator: Leo Wang, MD PhD

  • 9:00 a.m.        Live Case Presentation #1: Slow and subtle onset of clumsiness in siblings
                           Examiner: Chris Weihl, MD PhD
                           Moderators: Elie Naddaf, MD, Emmanuelle “Noelle” Tiongson, MD

  • 9:30 a.m.        Morning Break

  • 9:45 a.m.        Leaders in the Field: Myasthenia Gravis
                           11th Annual Mathilda Karel Spak Lecture
                           Myasthenia Gravis: The Evolving Therapeutics Landscape of Myasthenia Gravis
                           Speaker: Richard Nowak, MD, Yale University Introduction: Ali Aamer Habib, MD
                           Moderator: Neelam Goyal, MD

  • 10:30 a.m.     Live Case Presentation #2: (Perry Shieh)
                           Examiner: Bjarne Udd, MD PhD
                           Moderators: Michelle Allen-Sharpley, MD PhD, Julian Thomas, MD

  • 11:00 a.m.      Leaders in the Field #3: Peripheral Neuropathies
                           A. Gordon Smith, MD FAAN, Virginia Commonwealth University Health
                           Introduction: Annabel Wang, MD
                           Moderator: Judith Spies, FRACP

  • 11:45 a.m.      Poster Presentations (attendance required for CME credit)
                           Moderators: Waqar Waheed, MD; Leila Darki, MD

  • 12:30 p.m.     Lunch

  • 1:30 p.m.       Case Vignettes (2 cases)
    Moderators: Justin Kwan, MD

    Case #1:

    Case #2:

  • 2:00 p.m.       Leaders in the Field Talk: Motor Neuron Disorders
                          Speaker: Jeff Rosenfeld, MD PhD, Loma Linda Introduction: Namita Goyal, MD
                          Moderator: Payam Soltanzadeh, MD

  • 2:45 p.m.       Afternoon Break

  • 3:00 p.m.       Live Case Presentation: Case #3 Distal Weakness Case (NS)
    A. Gordon Smith, MD FAAN
                          Moderators: Betul Gundogdu, MD


                          Live Case Presentation: Case #4 Muscle Case
                          Examiner: Jeff Rosenfeld, MD PhD
                          Moderators: Noriko Anderson, MD MPH, Kelly Graham Gwathmey, MD

  • 4:00 p.m.       Case Vignettes (4 cases)
    Moderators: Suur Biliciler, MD, Margaret Adler, MD

    Case #3: TK2 mitochondrial depletion syndrome
    Presented by Dr. Jill Goslinga

    Case #4

    Case #5

    Case #6


  • 5:00 p.m.       Closing Remarks and Adjournment



Tahseen Mozaffar, MD
Tahseen Mozaffar, MD
  • Professor, Department of Neurology, UCI School of Medicine

Namita A. Goyal, MD
Namita A. Goyal, MD
  • Professor, Department of Neurology, UCI School of Medicine

Ali A. Habib, MD
Ali A. Habib, MD
  • Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, UCI School of Medicine

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