Newswise — Austin, Tex. 10/16/19 – The fight against neuromuscular diseases will come to the forefront this October with the 2019 American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. More than a thousand physicians and technologists who work within the fields of neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation will convene to hear the latest on treating patients with neuromuscular diseases. This year’s meeting will also represent a rollout of the AANEM’s research and education foundation’s new identity: the American Neuromuscular Foundation (ANF).
The AANEM is the premier nonprofit membership association dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, education, and technology in the fields of neuromuscular (NM), musculoskeletal (MSK), and electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine.
Many of AANEM’s physician and technologist members attend the Annual Meeting to earn valuable Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits or Continuing Education Units (CEU) for their annual requirements as medical professionals. But they also go to learn about emerging trends in their fields, with this year’s focus being the present and future role of technology in treating patients with neuromuscular diseases, according to AANEM and ANF President Anthony Chiodo, MD.
“Technological advances are rapidly occurring in the areas of robotics, computerization, mobility aids, and others,” Dr. Chiodo said. “Each of our speakers will share how they believe technology will translate to improved patient care and the continued cultivation of future technological breakthroughs.”
Speakers at the AANEM Annual Meeting are well-regarded specialists in their various fields of neurology and PMR. The meeting also celebrates up and coming stars in the field, with many attendees submitting abstract papers that highlight research projects being conducted across the world.
Some of these projects are funded by the American Neuromuscular Foundation, which strives to strengthen the global effort to cure neuromuscular disease. Its operations are 100% funded by the AANEM, meaning every donation made to the ANF goes directly toward research and education initiatives within the field of neuromuscular medicine.
“There are hundreds of neuromuscular diseases out there affecting many people,” said ANF Director Shelly Jones. “Supporters typically only hear about a few, like ALS or SMA. However this approach leaves those other diseases without exposure. Our mission is to help everyone affected by any neuromuscular
disease through collaborating with our network of physicians and researchers, who need the public’s support to find cures and treatments for these patients. We want to bring hope of a better quality of life to this underrepresented group of people.”
For more information about the 2019 AANEM Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, visit www.aanem.org. To learn about how to get involved with the American Neuromuscular Foundation, to share your story or make a donation, visit www.neuromuscularfoundation.org.
About American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)
Based in Rochester, Minnesota, the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) is the premier nonprofit membership association dedicated to the advancement of neuromuscular (NM), musculoskeletal and electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine. The organization and its members work to improve the quality of patient care and advance the science of NM diseases and EDX medicine by serving physicians and allied health professionals who care for those with muscle and nerve disorders.
About American Neuromuscular Foundation (ANF)
Also based in Rochester, Minnesota, the ANF is a nonprofit association dedicated to the advancement of research and education within the fields of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and electrodiagnostic medicine. It funds research and education initiatives that strive to strengthen the global effort to cure neuromuscular disease.
For more information about ANF, visit www.neuromuscularfoundation.org.