Management Committee Member
Maggie Walter is Associate Professor of Neurology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. She has trained as a neurologist at the LMU Munich, and is working at the Friedrich-Baur-Institute, the neuromuscular department of the LMU, in leading position. Furthermore, she graduated with a master degree in management of social and health institutions.
Her main research interests are neuromuscular diseases, mainly muscular dystrophies, myofibrillar myopathies, inflammatory myopathies and clinical trials in neuromuscular patients. She is coordinator of the German Muscular Dystrophy Network (MD-NET), funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since 2003, and member of TREAT-NMD, an European Network of Excellence in the 6th EU frame program for translational research in neuromuscular diseases. Since 1997, she is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Germany (DGM), and ad hoc reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. She is responsible for the German patient registries, the DMD, SMA and CMT registry, and together with Volker Straub for the international FKRP registry.
In 2014, she was honored with the “Felix-Jerusalem Award” by the German Society of Muscle Diseases for her project “Dystrophin-deficient pigs provide new insights into the hierarchy of physiological derangements of dystrophic muscle“. The newly developed large animal model DMDpig offers the possibility to systematically improve new gene-based therapies for DMD. There is hope that this knowledge will beneficial in the development of novel therapies for other rare diseases as well.Websites
Friedrich-Baur-Institute, Dept. of Neurology