Emma Heslop Emma Heslop is the DMD Hub manager based at The John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre at Newcastle University, funded by Duchenne UK. Emma trained as a biological anthropologist at Durham University and was awarded an MSc (Research) in 2005. She has been part of the muscle team at the John Walton Muscular Dystropy Research Centre at Newcastle University since October 2006 when she joined the TREAT-NMD neuromuscular network of excellence as assistant project manager. Within TREAT-NMD, Emma was responsible for leading the work relating to ‘Network in Action’ for DMD and SMA and enhancing international collaborations. From 2009 to 2013 she helped form and coordinated the TREAT-NMD Advisory Committee for Therapeutics (TACT) and was subsequently the nominated first point of contact for industry enquiries to the network. Before taking on the role as DMD Hub Manager, Emma was the RD-Connect Project Manager at Newcastle University in 2013 with responsibility for leading the strategic development and delivery of the project to ensure the objectives were achieved.