The Muscle Interest Group was created to provide an informal forum for the presentation and discussion of current research related to the biology of nerve and muscle cells and their interactions. It is hoped that this forum will promote further scientific interactions between participants. Members and guest speakers have interests in diverse areas such as muscle development and disease, the neuromuscular junction, synapse development and synaptic mechanisms. Scientists, and students at all levels of training are encouraged to participate and present their current research or lead a discussion of new literature. The group provides an environment of constructive criticism and encouragement for students and postdoctoral fellows.