Authors: Sheila Riazi, MD, Natalia Kraeva, PhD, Sheila M. Muldoon, MD, James Dowling, MD, PhD, Clara Ho, MD, Maria-Alexandra Petre, MD, Jerome Parness, MD, PhD, Robert T. Dirksen, PhD, Henry Rosenberg, MD
The Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States and the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto sponsored a Scientific Conference on November 1-2, 2013 in Toronto, ON, Canada. The multidisciplinary group of experts, including clinicians, geneticists, and physiologists involved in research related to malignant hyperthermia (MH), shared new insights into the pathophysiology of diseases linked to the type-1 ryanodine receptor gene (RYR1) as well as the relationship between MH and ‘‘awake MH’’ conditions, such as exertional rhabdomyolysis and exertional heat illness. In addition, the molecular genetics of MH and clinical issues related to the diagnosis and management of disorders linked to RYR1 were presented. The conference also honoured Dr. David H. MacLennan for his contributions to our understanding of the genetics, pathogenesis, and treatment of MH and other RYR1-related myopathies. This report represents a summary of the proceedings of this conference.