Short courses


Motor Neuron Diseases and Diseases of Neuromuscular Junctions

  • 25-30 hours
  • 5 days
  • 27 Jan 2020


On this five-day short course for healthcare professionals you'll study motor neurons and neuromuscular junctions and the diseases that affect them.

You'll learn about:

  • the anatomy and development of motor neurons and neuromuscular junctions
  • development of different motoneuron types leading to differences in their physiology and functional characteristics

You'll also learn about diseases that affect either the neuromuscular junction or motor neurons and lead to diseases affecting the motor system as a whole, including:

  • motor neuron disease (MND)
  • spinobulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA)
  • rare diseases, such as myasthenia gravis

Lectures are given by world leading experts in the field of neuromuscular diseases.

This course is run by the UCL Institute of Neurology in Queen Square.

Course content

Lecture topics will include:

  • Genetics of motor neuron diseases
  • Therapeutic strategies for the treatment of MND
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Acquired diseases of the neuromuscular junction
  • Setting up clinical trials in motoneurons diseases

Who this course is for

This course is for healthcare students and professionals working in:

  • biological sciences
  • medicine
  • neuroscience
  • pharmacy
  • occupational therapy
  • nursing
  • physiotherapy

You should have an upper second-class Bachelor's degree or equivalent or relevant work experience.

Teaching and structure

The course takes place over five days (Monday to Friday).

You can take this course as either:

  • a standalone short course for CPD purposes
  • a 'taster module' that allows you to earn UCL credits which can be used towards a postgraduate qualification at UCL if you enrol within five years

You can find out more about the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Neuromuscular Diseases courses, including entry requirements, on the Institute of Neurology's website.

Assessment, certificates and accreditation

You'll receive a certificate of attendance if you complete the course.

The short course isn't assessed. If you're taking the course as a taster module you'll need to complete coursework and an exam.

The course is accredited for CPD by the Royal Colleges of Physicians.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • understand the anatomy, development and functional characteristics of different spinal motoneuron subtypes and their interdependence with innervated muscles 
  • understand the underlying pathology, genetic background and current research trends in motoneuron diseases and diseases of neuromuscular junctions
  • understand and interpret neurophysiological assessments and characteristic histopathology in neuromuscular junction diseases
  • critically evaluate the validity of disease models for the development of future therapies and to understand the difficulties designing clinical trials in NMD


The fees are:

  • £700 - short course 
  • £950 - module 

Course information last modified: 7 Aug 2019, 14:52