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The loss of Lucia Ines Comi, at the end of April, a few months after that of Vito Petretta, another of my close collaborators, had convinced me to leave all activities regarding Acta Myologica, the Mediteranean Society of Myology and the organisation of the XII International Congress on Neuromuscular Diseases (XII ICNMD). It is impossible to forget 47 years of a close and fruitful cooperation, both in the academic field and in the fight against muscle diseases. I felt totally unable to continue with these activities which had all been started together with Lucia.
Some dear friends – in particular Valerie, Reinhardt, Luisa, Orlando and my sons Vincenzo and Gerardo – succeeded in finding the right words to convince me to go on, stressing that it would be what Lucia would have wanted. I decided, therefore, to continue this work, but I need the collaboration of both Valerie Askanas and Reinhardt Rüdel for the organization of the XII ICNMD, as well as of the Naples group, not only for the Congress, but also to continue the many initiatives we created in Naples: Mediterranean Society of Myology, Gaetano Conte Academy, Gaetano Torre Centre for muscular diseases, Acta Myologica.
In an informal meeting with my co-workers in Naples we decided the following variations: