TREAT-NMD Secretariat

Working out of the network coordination office the secretariat which is based in Newcaslte University, UK, provides support and coordination for the TREAT-NMD network on a daily basis.

The secretariat facilitates the Executive Committee's interaction and communication by arranging and hosting the monthly conference calls whilst also ensuring agreed upon action points are readily executed. Guidance is given when sought by the Executive Committee and face to face meeting are arranged.

The IT platform which underpins all TREAT-NMD activities is hosted in Newcastle and maintained by the various members of the secretariat. A major part of the platform comes in the form of the TREAT-NMD website and intranet which falls under the responsibility of the secretariat for site maintenance, development, development and provision of electronic tools along with the dissemination of content. Each month a newsletter is compiled by members of the secretariat and is sent out from the coordination office.

Funding opportunities to address the sustainability of the network and future projects are indentified and targeted with a number of grant applications submitted in the last year alone.

Find out more about the specific roles of the Secretariat from this document.

The members of the TREAT-NMD secretariat are listed below.

Kate Bushby Kate Bushby

Professor of Neuromuscular Genetics - Newcastle University

Prof. Kate Bushby MD FRCP is a Professor of Neuromuscular Genetics. She is a clinical academic with joint appointments between Newcastle University and the NHS. The Muscle Team within the Institute of Genetic Medicine is a partner in the MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases, of which Prof Bushby is Deputy Director.


Volker Straub Volker Straub

Professor of Neuromuscular Genetics - Newcastle University

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 Trust.


Rebecca Leary Rebecca Leary

TREAT-NMD Programme Coordinator

Becca Leary is a member of the TREAT-NMD Secritariat and responsible for the Global SMA and DMD registries.


Cathy Turner Cathy Turner

DMD Programme and TACT Coordinator - Newcastle University

Cathy Turner is Duchenne Programme and TACT Coordinator at the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre. Cathy has also been responsible for supporting the NeurOmics project with significant involvement in communications, data-sharing and ethics. Prior to this she was the communications officer for BIO-NMD. In addition, Cathy works closely with patient organisations on improving patient and family involvement in neuromuscular research and is part of a small team currently developing interactive digital tools to support children taking part in paediatric clinical trials.

Cathy has a background in journal publishing with Elsevier Science and Emerald Insight and then worked as a science teacher for 5 years before joining the team here at Newcastle University. She has a degree in biochemistry, a post-graduate teaching certificate in science and a Masters in Business Administration.

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Michael Hails Michael Hails

Web Development Officer - Newcastle University

Michael joined the TREAT-NMD team in March 2009 and is responsible for maintaining and developing the TREAT-NMD website.

20 Jun 2017