Peripheral Nerve Society - 2023 Annual Meeting

17 - 20 June 2023

Lunch with the Experts

Are you interested in getting advice from peripheral nerve clinicians and researchers? Sign up for a Lunch with the Experts roundtable session over lunch during the PNS Annual Meeting. Discuss funding opportunities, career paths, and more in small groups with peripheral nerve experts. Registration is FREE but limited to up to 7 junior investigators per discussion table. Click here to register for the Annual Meeting and indicate your preference for a mentor.  We anticipate these sessions to fill quickly. Box lunches will be provided for all participants.

The Purpose of the Lunch with the Experts is to:

  • Provide an inviting atmosphere for Junior Members at the PNS.
  • Share career development suggestions and personal stories.
  • Share ideas with your peers.
  • Meet others who do the same thing you do (i.e., network).
  • Address “nuts and bolts” issues and solutions to problems.
  • Discover resources and how to access them.

Questions? Please contact with questions about the Lunch with the Experts roundtable discussions.



Saturday, 17 June 2023 | 12.40-13.40

Wendy Campana, PhD
University of California, San Diego and San Diego VA Healthcare System, San Diego, CA, USA

Keyword 1: Schwann Cell Biology

Keyword 2: Neuropathic Pain

Training/Career Trajectory: I have been a tenured track Assistant-Full Professor at the University of California, San Diego since 2006.

Domains of Expertise: I am happy to discuss strategies for independence, grant submissions and management of lab personnel.

Michael Coleman, PhD
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Keyword 1: Axon Degeneration

Keyword 2: NAD Metabolism

Training/Career Trajectory: I am a non-clinician supervising a group of 14 researchers at various career stages and have 36 years of research experience in five different institutions.

Domains of Expertise: I have a lot of experience in grant writing and reviewing, including on several grant committees, and have recently had significant experience and training in ECR mentoring.


Christopher Gibbons, MD, MMSc
Harvard Medical School

Keyword 1: Neuropathy

Keyword 2: Autonomic

Training/Career Trajectory: I completed my residency at Johns Hopkins, completed a clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center followed by a Masters in Medical Science at Harvard/MIT.

Domains of Expertise: I have received funding from the NIH at the initial career level (F32), during early career (K23, JDRF career development), multiple funding mechanisms from pharma and the NIH and can speak about different grant applications across career stages (but largely in the clinical/translational space)


Kleopas Kleopa, MD, PhD
The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, Nicosia, Cyprus

Keyword 1: Clinical and Basic Neuroscience

Keyword 2: Gene Therapies

Training/Career Trajectory: Medical studies in Germany, neurology training, neuromuscular fellowship and postdoctoral research in the USA

Domains of Expertise: How to follow successfully the clinician-scientist pathway, finding and giving mentorship, grant writing, starting a lab and networking for collaborations


Simon Rinaldi, MBChB, PhD
University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Keyword 1: Inflammatory Neuropathy

Keyword 2: Cell-Based Assays

Training/Career Trajectory: 

I undertook my PhH with Prof Hugh Willison in Glasgow, before moving to the University of Oxford to complete clinical and academic training and establish my own group.

Domains of Expertise:

I have experience of writing training and more senior grant awards, and in supervision of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers.

Charlotte Sumner, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

Keyword 1: Charcot Marie Tooth Disease 2C Pathogenesis and Treatment

Keyword 2: Spinal Muscular Atrophy Pathogenesis and Treatment

Training/Career Trajectory: I trained in neuromuscular disease and neurogenetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in the U.S.

Domains of Expertise: I would be happy to share my experience starting a basic research laboratory balanced with a managing clinic as well as my experiences writing federal and nonprofit foundation grants.

Sunday, 18 June 2023 | 12.30-13.30

Jean-Philippe Camdessanche, MD, PhD
University Hospital of Saint-Etienn, Saint-Etienne, France

Keyword 1: Neuropathy

Keyword 2: Neurophysiology

Training/Career Trajectory: Medical doctor involved in the care of patients with neuromuscular disorders.

Domains of Expertise: Research on the biomarkers of dysimmune neuropathy.

Alexander Davies, PhD
University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Keyword 1: Nerve Injury

Keyword 2: Cytotoxic Immunity

Training/Career Trajectory: After PhD training in electrophysiology, I developed my skills in animal surgery and behaviour as a postdoc in Seoul, South Korea.

Domains of Expertise: Now I combine my interest in cytotoxic immunity with human cell cultures and clinical collaborations with my own lab at the University of Oxford.

Ruth Huizinga, PhD
Erasmus MC, University Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Keyword 1: Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Keyword 2: Immunology

Training/Career Trajectory:

MSc Medical Biology (Amsterdam, Netherlands);
PhD in Immunology on multiple sclerosis (Rotterdam, Netherlands);
Postdoc Guillain-Barre syndrome (Jacobs lab, Rotterdam, Netherlands);
Visiting scientist (Willison lab, Glasgow, Scotland, UK);
Assistant professor and co-workgroup leader Immune-mediated neuropathies (Erasmus MC Rotterdam Netherlands)

Domains of Expertise: Experience with grant writing, going abroad, participation in female career development program, getting a position in academia as basic scientist, teaching.

Jun Li, MD, PhD
Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, USA

Keyword 1: Inherited Neuropathies

Keyword 2: Schwann Cell Biology

Training/Career Trajectory: I serve as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Houston Methodist Hospital. I spent fourteen years of my faculty career at Wayne State University and nine years at Vanderbilt University. I am a current member of the American Neurological Association Board of Directors.

Domains of Expertise: I have mentored seven junior faculty members. Five of the seven have become NIH-funded investigators.

Amanda Peltier, MD, MS
Vanderbilt University Medical Cente, Nashville, TN, USA

Keyword 1: Amyloid Neuropathy

Keyword 2: Skin Biopsy

Training/Career Trajectory: I did a fellowship including a master’s degree in neuromuscular disorders, also have co-specialized in autonomic neuropathies as an outgrowth of my interest in small fiber neuropathy.

Domains of Expertise: I am the associate vice chair of faculty affairs and oversee mentorship at my department, also currently restarting a lab.

Claudia Sommer, MD
University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

Keyword 1: Autoimmune Neuropathies

Keyword 2: Neuropathic Pain

Training/Career Trajectory: Trained in neurology, psychiatry, and neuropathology.

Domains of Expertise: Grant writing, writing scientific publications, carreer development.

Monday, 19 June 2023 | 13.30-14.30

Eva Feldman, MD, PhD
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Keyword 1: Diabetic Neuropathy

Keyword 2: Schwann Cell Biology

Training/Career Trajectory: I completed my MD/PhD at the University of Michigan, my neurology residency at Johns Hopkins and then returned to Michigan where I have remained as a neurology faculty member.

Domains of Expertise: I have mentored over 100 fellows and can discuss all aspects of both a clinical and more basic science career.

Chris Klein, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

Keyword 1: Neuromuscular

Keyword 2: Genetics

Training/Career Trajectory: I have a lifelong interest in neuromuscular disease Focusing on Molecular mechanisms.

Domains of Expertise: I can share my experience with multidisciplinary practice in research both at the bench and in the clinics including as related to starting a genetics lab, Working in a hospital service and doing EMG and peripheral nerve clinics.

Michael Lunn, MBBS, PhD
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, UK

Keyword 1: Biomarkers

Keyword 2: POEMS

Training/Career Trajectory: Clinical training programme with intercalated PhD supported through personal charitable foundation grant with periods of research in UK and the USA.

Domains of Expertise: Mentorship of academic research in their context of clinical medicine.

Susanna Park, PhD
University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Keyword 1: Peripheral Neuropathy

Keyword 2: Neurophysiology

Training/Career Trajectory: I am a scientist and have completed my PhD in Australia and postdoctoral fellowship in the UK.

Domains of Expertise: I have experience with clinical research, project management and grant writing.

Michael Polydefkis, MD, MHS
Johns Hopkins Neurology, Baltimore, MD, USA

Keyword 1: Peripheral Neuropathy

Keyword 2: Amyloid

Training/Career Trajectory: I completed medicine, neurology and neuromuscular training at Hopkins followed by 20 years on faculty. I see patients with a variety of peripheral nerve disorders including diabetes, amyloidosis, and painful neuropathies. I direct an EMG and skin biopsy pathology lab.

Domains of Expertise: Written many grants and also worked with industry on trials and investigator initiated studies

Carla Taveggia, PhD
Ospedale San Raffaele, Milano, Italy

Keyword 1: Schwann Cells-Neuron Basic Research

Keyword 2: Development and Post-Injury

Training/Career Trajectory: I graduated in Biology at the University of Milan and obtained a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Open University London, UK. I then moved moved to New York, US at the NYU Medical Center for my post-doctoral training. At the end of this training I established my laboratory at the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, Italy. Currently I am the Head of the Axo-Glial Interaction Unit and the Director of the Division of Neuroscience at San Raffaele Hospital.

Domains of Expertise:

  • Mentorship
  • Starting a Lab
  • Career Development

Tuesday, 20 June 2023 | 13.00-14.00

Nazha Birouk, MD
Mohamed V University, Rabat, Morocco

Keyword 1: Hereditary Neuropathies

Keyword 2: Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease

Training/Career Trajectory: Medical studies and neurology training at faculty of Medicine of Rabat, Mohamed V University. 2 years training at the Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris focusing on research in CMT neuropathy. Back to Rabat Since 1997. Main field of research: hereditary neuromuscular disorders.

Domains of Expertise:

  • Hereditary and acquired neuromuscular disorders
  • ENMG diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders
  • Treatment and medical management of patients with neuromuscular disorders
Chiara Briani, MD

University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Keyword 1: Inflammatory and Immune-mediated Neuropathies

Keyword 2: Paraproteinemic  Neuropathies

Training/Career Trajectory:

Degree in Medicine (1990), University of Padua, Italy, with full marks and honors.
Residency in Neurology (1994) at the University of Padua, with full marks and honors.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Norman Latov’s laboratory, Department of Neurology, Columbia University, New York, USA, 1994-1996.
Post-Doctoral Research Scientist at Prof. Norman Latov’s laboratory, Department of Neurology, Columbia University, New York, USA, 1997.
Residency in Allergology and Clinical Immunology (2002), University of Padova

Domains of Expertise: I set up and am running a laboratory of neuroimmunoloy of peripheral neuropathies. I serve as a mentor to several medical students, residents and PhDs, whom I help in grants writing

Andrea Cortese, MD, PhD
University College London, London, UK

Keyword 1: Genetics

Keyword 2: CMT

Training/Career Trajectory: I am a Neurologist and MRC Clinician Scientist at the University College London, UK and University of Pavia, Italy. I trained at University of Pavia (MD, specialty training in Neurology and PhD) and did a post-doctoral fellowship at University College London and University of Miami.

Domains of Expertise: My research focuses on the discovery and modelling of novel causes of inherited neuropathies and other neurodegenerative diseases, with particular interest in repeat expansion disorders and conditions caused by variations in non-coding DNA.

Vera Fridman, MD
University of Colorado Medical Center, Englewood, CO, USA

Keyword 1: CMT

Keyword 2: Diabetic Neuropathy

Training/Career Trajectory: My research focused on natural history studies and biomarker development for peripheral neuropathies.

Domains of Expertise: I have experience with grant writing and serve as a mentor to neuromuscular fellows and junior faculty members.

Luis Querol, MD, PhD
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain

Keyword 1: Autoantibodies in Autoimmune Neuropathies

Keyword 2: Biomarkers in Autoimmune Neuropathies

Training/Career Trajectory: I am a neurologist and scientist, based in Barcelona, working with autoantibodies and biomarkers in autoimmune neuropathies. I have described the clinical relevance of contactin-1 and NF155 antibodies.

Domains of Expertise:

  • Starting a Lab
  • Clinician-Scientist Career Advisor
Hugh Willison, MD, PhD
University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Keyword 1: GBS

Keyword 2: Ganglioside

Training/Career Trajectory: Translation research on GBS: from man to mouse and back again

Domains of Expertise: Lots of experience with grant panels, running clinics and labs, global networking and preparing publications

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