Francesco Muntoni graduated in Italy in 1984 and completed his training in Child Neurology and Psychiatry in 1989. Since his degree he has worked on childhood neuromuscular disorders. Following the retirement of Professor Dubowitz from the Hammersmith Hospital Neuromuscular Centre in 1996, he was nominated Head of this unit, initially as a Senior Lecturer, then as a Reader, and from 1998, as a Professor of Paediatric Neurology. The unit moved to Great Ormond Street in 2008. This Unit is one of the largest Paediatric Neuromuscular Units in Europe, and is designated by the Department of Health as the National Reference centre in UK for a series of congenital neuromuscular disorders. Professor Muntoni’s areas of interest include the clinical, molecular, genetic and biochemical aspects of childhood neuromuscular diseases.

Specific research interests focus on the identification of genes responsible for congenital muscular dystrophies and congenital myopathies. Professor Muntoni chairs the Myotubular Trust Scientific Advisory Board.