Plenary Speakers

Every year, we invite a number of plenary speakers who are experts in their respective fields. Their talks complement the Symposium sessions by providing a coherent overview on a variety of topics across the ALS/MND research and clinical management spectrum. Click on the images below to find out more about the plenary speakers who will be presenting at the 35th International Symposium on ALS/MND. 

The Stephen Hawking Memorial Lecture

Professor Timothy Caulfield
University of Alberta, Canada

Dr Michael Benatar 

University of Miami, USA

Dr Frank Bennett

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., USA

Professor Elizabeth Finger

The Brain and Mind Institute, Canada

Dr Stephanie Fradette 

Biogen, USA

Dr Angela Genge

Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital, Canada

Cassandra Haddad 

End the Legacy, USA

Professor Jeannine Heckmann

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Professor Wendy Johnston

University of Alberta, Canada

Professor Virginia Lee

Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, USA

Dr Sebastian Lewandowski 

Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Professor Douglas McKim

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Canada

Dr Corey McMillan 

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Professor Hande Ozdinler

Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, USA

Professor Jeroen Pasterkamp 

UMC Utrecht, Netherlands

Professor Hemali Phatnani

New York Genome Center, USA

Professor Ronald Postuma 

Montreal Neurological Institute Hospital, Canada

Professor John Ravits

University of California at San Diego, USA

Dr Dilraj Singh Sokhi

The Aga Khan University Medical College of East Africa, Tanzania

Professor Martin Turner 

Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, UK