Neuromuscular Diseases Work Group

Prof. Dr. Meral Özgüç, Prof. Dr. Hayat Erdem, Prof. Dr. Haluk Topaloğlu,
Prof. Dr. Ersin Tan, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Alikaşifoğlu, Prof. Dr. Sevim Erdem,
Doç. Dr. Pervin Dinçer, Yrd. Doç. Dr. Beril Talim

The group maintains its activities involving a large spectrum of diseases, ranging from myopathies to neuropathies, and mitochondrial diseases to hereditary ataxias. It contains two histopathology and two molecular biology laboratories, where muscle and nerve biopsies are investigated for diagnostic and research purposes. Genetic analyses of frequently occurring diseases such as Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and Friedrich ataxia are also performed. As a result of these studies, some new diseases have already been described by this group in the last decade. This group has also conducted studies as a part of international collaborations. The most important aim for the near future is to make these studies widespread throughout the country. For those interested in this group, an understanding of molecular biology at a basic level in addition to clinical background is preferable.