Report and Abstracts of the 19th Meeting of the Interuniversity Institute of Myology: Assisi, October 20-23, 2022

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After two years of conferences on a virtual platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic, finally, the 19th annual meeting of the Interuniversity Institute of Myology (IIM) has returned to the heart of central Italy, in Assisi, an important cultural hub, which boasts a wide range of historic buildings and museums. This event brought together scientists from around the world providing a valuable opportunity to discuss scientific issues in the field of myology. Traditionally, the meeting particularly encourages the participation of young trainees, and the panel discussions were moderated by leading international scientists, making this a special event where young researchers had the opportunity to talk to prestigious scientists in a friendly and informal environment. Furthermore, the IIM young researchers’ winners for the best oral and poster presentations, became part of the IIM Young Committee, involved in the scientific organization of sessions and roundtables and for the invitation of a main speaker for the IIM 2023 meeting. The four keynote speakers for the IIM Conference 2022 presented new insights into the role of multinucleation during muscle growth and disease, the long-range distribution of giant mRNAs in skeletal muscle, human skeletal muscle remodelling from type 2 diabetic patients and the genome integrity and cell identity in adult muscle stem cells. The congress hosted young PhD students and trainees and included 6 research sessions, two poster sessions, round tables and socio-cultural events, promoting science outreach and interdisciplinary works that are advancing new directions in the field of myology. All other attendees had the opportunity to showcase their work through poster presentations. The IIM meeting 2022 was also part of an advanced training event, which included dedicated round tables and a training session of Advanced Myology on the morning of 23 October, reserved for students under 35 enrolled in the training school, receiving a certificate of attendance. This course proposed lectures and roundtable discussions coordinated by internationally outstanding speakers on muscle metabolism, pathophysiological regeneration and emerging therapeutic approaches for muscle degenerations. As in past editions, all participants shared their results, opinions, and perspectives in understanding developmental and adult myogenesis with novel insights into muscle biology in pathophysiological conditions. We report here the abstracts of the meeting that describe the basic, translational, and clinical research and certainly contribute to the vast field of myology in an innovative and original way.

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Gamage DG, Melikov K, Munoz-Tello P, Wherley TJ, Focke LC, Leikina E, Huffman E, Diao J, Kojetin DJ, Prasad V, Chernomordik LV, Millay DP. Phosphatidylserine orchestrates Myomerger membrane insertions to drive myoblast fusion. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2022 Sep 20;119(38):e2202490119. DOI:

Saad NY, Al-Kharsan M, Garwick-Coppens SE, Chermahini GA, Harper MA, Palo A, Boudreau RL, Harper SQ. Human miRNA miR-675 inhibits DUX4 expression and may be exploited as a potential treatment for Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. Nat Commun. 2021 Dec 8;12(1):7128. DOI:

Farup J, Just J, de Paoli F, Lin L, Jensen JB, Billeskov T, Roman IS, Cömert C, Møller AB, Madaro L, Groppa E, Fred RG, Kampmann U, Gormsen LC, Pedersen SB, Bross P, Stevnsner T, Eldrup N, Pers TH, Rossi FMV, Puri PL, Jessen N. Human skeletal muscle CD90+ fibro-adipogenic progenitors are associated with muscle degeneration in type 2 diabetic patients. Cell Metab. 2021 Nov 2;33(11):2201-2214.e11. DOI:

Biferali B, Bianconi V, Perez DF, Kronawitter SP, Marullo F, Maggio R, Santini T, Polverino F, Biagioni S, Summa V, Toniatti C, Pasini D, Stricker S, Di Fabio R, Chiacchiera F, Peruzzi G, Mozzetta C. Prdm16-mediated H3K9 methylation controls fibro-adipogenic progenitors identity during skeletal muscle repair. Sci Adv. 2021;7(23):eabd9371. DOI:

Sampaolesi, M., & Fulle, S. (2023). Report and Abstracts of the 19th Meeting of the Interuniversity Institute of Myology: Assisi, October 20-23, 2022. European Journal of Translational Myology, 33(2).


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