Queen Square Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases


Prof Francesco Muntoni

Prof Francesco Muntoni


30 Guilford Street


  • Chair of Paediatric Neurology
    Developmental Neurosciences Dept
    UCL GOS Institute of Child Health

Joined UCL


I am a Professor of Paediatric Neurologist, trained in Italy but working in UK since 1993. I currently am the Director of the Dubowitz Neuromuscular Centre, at the UCL Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, UK (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ich/research/developmental-neurosciences/molecular-neurosciences/dubowitz-neuromuscular-centre). In the Institute I am the Head of the Developmental Neuroscience Programme (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ich/research/developmental-neurosciences ) and Theme Lead in the Novel Therapies of the Biomedical Research Centre in the Great Ormond Street Hospital (both since 2008). I am also Co-Director of the Medical Research Council–funded Neuromuscular Translational Research Centre at UCL (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ukpdc/collaborators/ion-mrc-centre-for-neuromuscular-diseases). 

My main interests are in pathogenesis, deep phenotyping, novel gene identification and translational research aspects especially in Duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy. I am currently involved in several natural history studies and clinical trials, one of them on exon skipping coordinated by me via an EU funded program (www.skip-nmd.eu). 

Regarding gene identification, in collaboration with colleagues from UK, Europe, USA and Australia, I have been involved in the identification of more than 30 neuromuscular disease genes. 

Award year Qualification Institution
1984 MD
Doctor of Medicine
Universita degli Studi di Cagliari