TREAT-NMD Executive Committee
The TREAT-NMD Executive Committee, made up of 9 academic representatives and 4 patient representatives, took over governance of the network in 2012. The members of the Executive Committee were elected from the TREAT-NMD task force and from member patient organisations. The members of the committee then elected their Chair and Vice-Chair by majority vote.
The TREAT-NMD task force, initially set up to oversee the transition from the network’s EU funding status, was asked to nominate and vote for the scientific contingent of the committee. Over 120 patient organisations from 51 different countries were involved in the voting process to determine the three patient organisation representatives that complete the committee.
The Executive Committee is responsible for providing overall policy and strategic direction to the TREAT-NMD Alliance, oversees activities and progress, and delegates responsibility for day-to-day operations to the representatives of the various activity groups. The Executive Committee receives no compensation other than reasonable expenses. Members of the Executive Committee are elected as private individuals and not representatives of their home institution or organisation.
Main roles and responsibilities
- Represent TREAT-NMD at conferences and events
- Promote TREAT-NMD by including slides in presentations at appropriate events
- Deliver areas of the TREAT-NMD Action Plan Commitment
- Provide advice, opinion and expertise on issues raised at monthly meetings.
- Suggest ideas about the work of TREAT-NMD
The TREAT-NMD Alliance is governed by the charter which can be found here.
Dr. Jim Dowling is a clinician-scientist focused on gene discovery and therapy development for childhood muscle diseases. He is a staff clinician and senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick …Canada
Since Fabiola’s adopted son was diagnosed with Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy in 2005, Fabiola became deeply involved in the world of neuromuscular diseases. In Italy, Fabiola has been an active member …Italy
Nathalie Goemans is a paediatrician and child neurologist currently emeritus assistant professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Leuven, Belgium . As former head of the Neuromuscular Reference Centre …Belgium
Professor Volker Straub was founding joint co-ordinator of TREAT-NMD, and is an executive board member of the World Muscle Society and R&D Director of the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation …United Kingdom
Elizabeth Vroom is founder and president of the Duchenne Parent Project Netherlands since 1995 and Chair and co-founder of the World Duchenne Organisation (UPPMD). She is the mother of an …Netherlands