Position: Professor of Experimental Myology
Organisation: Newcastle University
Area of work: Management
Member of: Management
Address: John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre, International Centre for Life, Central Parkway
, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3BZ, United Kingdom
Role in RD-Connect:
Hanns is coordinator of the RD-Connect project.
Professor Hanns Lochmüller trained as a neurologist in Munich (Germany) and Montreal (Canada). He was appointed chair of experimental myology in the neuromuscular research group at the Institute of Genetic Medicine of Newcastle University in 2007.
Hanns is current chair of the Interdisciplinary Scientific Committee of the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC) and former chair of the Executive Committee of the TREAT-NMD Alliance. He is co-founder and former coordinator of the German muscular dystrophy network (MD-NET), and former scientific coordinator of EuroBioBank, a European network of biobanks for rare disorders. His research interests are focused on the molecular genetics of the inherited myopathies and neuromuscular junction disorders and the study of animal models of these disorders as a means to understand their pathophysiology as well as to develop means to monitor disease progression and therapeutic interventions. His group's ongoing work in these areas in cell and animal models of muscular dystrophy is concentrating on gene transfer, pharmacological interventions and cell therapy.
Within RD-Connect's sister project Neuromics, Hanns is disease coordinator for the congenital myasthenic syndromes, and in this and several other exome sequencing projects is responsible for gene discovery and work on disease modifying factors influencing severity of phenotype.