Neuromuscular Diseases Congress returns to Perth after 50-year break

Perth will welcome back the International Congress on Neuromuscular Diseases in 2024 for the first time in over fifty years.

The event was first held in Perth in 1971, following the ground-breaking research by Western Australian Emeritus Professor Byron Kakulas, who showed that degenerated muscle could regenerate in quokkas.

This research eventually led to United States Food and Drug Administration approved treatments developed by the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, with application to other diseases.

“We can’t wait to welcome the International Congress on Neuromuscular Diseases back to our beautiful state, and I encourage delegates to extend their stay and venture into our diverse regions to experience everything Western Australia has to offer,” said Western Australian Tourism Minister David Templeman.

Business Events Perth chief executive Gareth Martin said Western Australia had put forward a competitive bid to the specialty group on neuromuscular diseases for the World Federation of Neurology to secure the Congress for 2024.

“Our expertise in bidding for international business events, combined with Western Australia’s excellence in the field of neuroscience, ensured that Perth was the obvious choice to host the International Congress on Neuromuscular Diseases in 2024,” Martin said.

“As part of the bidding process, Western Australia presented itself as a premium destination to host business events, with a capital city filled with brand-new hotels and venues as well showing its ingenuity by collaborating with the local organising committee and industry to livestream its presentation to the globally-based decision-making committee. This innovation and collaboration meant Western Australia was highly competitive against other global destinations.”

Tourism Australia supported the bid to bring this event back to Australia through the Business Events Bid Fund Program.

“This is a tremendous win for Perth and for Australia, and we are thrilled to support business event bids such as this one through our Bid Fund Program,” said Tourism Australia managing director Phillipa Harrison.

“The return of the International Congress on Neuromuscular Diseases to Perth in 2024 once again highlights Australia’s expertise in particular knowledge sectors and continued appeal as a world-class business events destination.”

To secure the conference Business Events Perth worked collaboratively with the local conference organising committee, which features prominent neurological scientists from the Perron Institute, and professional conference organisers Arinex.