Dr ROSSELLA AVAGLIANO TREZZA (35) is an Italian basic and translational researcher, currently a post-doc at the Maastricht University Medical Centre in The Netherlands. She is a midcareer scientist at the crossroad of making choices for her academic career and balancing private life and professional demands and ambitions. Rossella is an experienced and passionate molecular biologist with a solid background in different fi elds with 10+ years of laboratory experience ranging from biochemical research in yeast to molecular and cellular studies in mouse brain. She is currently applying for personal grants to build-up her own group on MDC1A.

Rossella’s mid-career mentors are Prof. A. Aartsma-Rus and Dr S. Tromp.

Dr PALOMA GONZALEZ-PEREZ (42) is a Spanish adult neuromuscular neurologist who directs the Myopathy Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA. She is specifi cally interested in diagnosis, management, and clinical research in the field of Myopathies. Her area of focus is muscular dystrophies. She has been a recipient of the Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Neuromuscular Diseases funded by Muscle Study Group, American Brain Foundation, and the American Academy of Neurology to study myotonic dystrophy type 2.

Paloma’s mid-career mentors are Prof. U. Schara-Schmidt and Prof. B. Smeets.

Paloma on the Mentoring Programme: “I am very grateful for this initiative. The virtual sessions with my mentors are gold; we think, talk, and plan the best way to advance my career to the next level in a friendly environment and with a flexible schedule, and we set up realistic goals for next session. I encourage any mid-career neuromuscular physician to apply because having experienced mentors from other institutions with similar interests as you have and who have been “there” before is very open-minded and prompts you to consider ways to reach your career goals that you may not be aware of. “

Dr AUREA MARTINS-BACH (38) is a Brazilian/Italian basic researcher. Since 2019, Aurea is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, where she leads the preclinical imaging research in the Physics Group at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN). Next to this she is currently a tutor in the Physics module of the MRI Graduate Programme at the University of Oxford, and she co-supervises a PhD student. Aurea has recently received a seed grant from the Medical Sciences Division – University of Oxford to start developing her own research. Aurea also leads the WIN Global Scholars Programme, which offers training in MRI, mentoring and opportunities for career development to early career researchers working with MRI in the Global South.

Aurea’s mid-career mentors are Drs A. Atema and Prof. M. Rüegg.

Dr NICOLE VOET (39) is a rehabilitation physician and senior researcher at the Outpatient Clinic for Neuromuscular Diseases (NMD) of the Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, and rehabilitation center Klimmendaal, Arnhem, The Netherlands. She is a translational researcher who, in her research projects, aims to produce meaningful and directly applicable results, focusing on improving the level of social participation of patients with NMD. For example, in the DETAIL-NMD project, Nicole works with basic scientists, biomedical researchers, sports physicians, physical therapists, technicians, and of course, patients to bring results directly from bench to bedside. She recently organized an ENMC workshop on psychological interventions in NMD. Her target areas are FSHD and Myotonic Dystrophy type 1, and she is a Board member of the Dutch FSHD Foundation.

Nicole’s mid-career mentors are Prof. H. Lochmüller and Dr A. Urtizberea.

Nicole Voet on her Mentoring Programme: “Mentoring is available in other settings, too. What I like of this programme is that it is specific for the neuromuscular field”