Kevin Flanigan, MD

Title: Director, Center for Gene Therapy Nationwide Children's Hospital

Bio: Kevin M. Flanigan, MD, is the Robert F. and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation Endowed Chair in Neuromuscular Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Neurology and Neuromuscular Medicine, Dr. Flanigan is director of the Center for Gene Therapy in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's and a leading expert in neuromuscular disorders. He also leads the world-class Neuromuscular Disorders program at Nationwide Children's, which provides coordinated care with pediatric experts from more than a dozen specialties. Dr. Flanigan earned his medical degree from Rush Medical College and completed his internship at the University of Michigan Health System before completing his Neurology residency and fellowship in Neuromuscular Disorders at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and an additional post-doctoral laboratory fellowship in Human Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Utah. His primary research interest is in the genetic and molecular characterization of inherited neuromuscular diseases, and the development of therapies directed toward these diseases. A major focus of his laboratory concerns genotype/phenotype correlation in the dystrophinopathies, with the intention of increasing our understanding of the pathogenesis in this disease and translating this understanding into improved therapies. An experienced clinical trialist, he has sponsored three investigator-initiated IND applications for first-in-human gene therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Sanfilippo syndrome. He is a member of the Executive Board of the World Muscle Society, and a past chair of TREAT-NMD, the international neuromuscular disease consortium.

2023 FUTURES: Friday Keynote – On the Cutting Edge of Research

The science and research-focused day of FUTURES will begin with an engaging keynote panel featuring key opinion leaders who will discuss the successes, learnings, challenges, and future of this disease space.

Michael Kelly, PhD

Chief Scientific Advisor


Emil Kakkis, PhD

CEO & President

Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical

Alison Mcvie-Wylie, PhD

Vice President, Disease Area Executive, DMD

Vertex Pharmaceutical

Dan Levy, MD

VP and Development Head, Rare Neurology Pfizer

Carsten Bönnemann, MD

Chief, Neuromuscular and Neurogenetic Disorders of Childhood Section National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH

Kevin Flanigan, MD

Director, Center for Gene Therapy Nationwide Children's Hospital

2023 FUTURES: RNA targeted Therapeutics Sessions Part 1

A brief primer on the RNA-targetd therapeutic approach to treating Duchenne, and updates from relevant companies in the space. These presentations will be followed by a moderated Q&A opportunity.

Ash Dugar, PhD

Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs

Dyne Therapeutics

Adam Gold, PhD

Medical Science Liasion

NS Pharma

Kevin Flanigan, MD

Director, Center for Gene Therapy Nationwide Children's Hospital

Karin Lucas, Ph.D

West Medical Science Liaison Team Lead, Global Medical Affairs Sarepta Therapeutics

Christian Werner, MD

Executive Director, Global Medical Affairs, and Global Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Lead PTC Therapeutics