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Erik Stålberg, M.D.

Dr Stålberg is Professor emeritus in Clinical Neurophysiology, Uppsala University Sweden. Together with J Ekstedt he developed Single Fiber EMG in the Dept of Pharmacology Uppsala University. After his PhD thesis on Propagation velocity in Single Muscle Fibers he came to the EMG lab in 1967, where Karl-Erik Hagbarth was chairman. After retirement 2001, he has continued in the lab on daily basis, with patients part-time and with research.

The early years were filled with methodological struggles (with the first report in 1963 saying that spikes from small electrodes really are single fiber action potentials), and his interest in signal analysis has continued. Stålberg has developed a number of EMG methods such as SFEMG, Macro EMG, Scanning EMG and methods for quantitation of conventional EMG. He has studied the microphysiology in normal and diseased muscle. Likewise has his interest in computers given prints in the routines at the lab, and in national and international telemetry projects. In many publications, courses and lectures he has tried to spread the message that SFEMG and QEMG have a place in diagnosis and monitoring of the neurologically ill patient.

Together with his wife Eva (not working with fibers) he has 3 children and 9 grandchildren, a great crowd.

Like the entire family he is interested in sailing, with nearly daily trips, starting at the Swedish West Coast at Edshagen, the name of a family compound of summerhouses.
Jože Trontelj, M.D.

Jože Trontelj is Professor of Neurology at the Ljubljana School of Medicine, Slovenia. His research interest in human reflexes led him to visit with Erik Stålberg in 1967, where he picked up SFEMG and started a friendship, spanning over more than 4 decades. His PhD thesis was on behaviour of single human motor neurons in the H-reflex and F-response, and an early paper on this was published in Nature. His elder and younger brothers, Lojze and Janez, electronics engineers, designed the powerful Ljubljana Jittermeter, which contributed to the development of stimulation SFEMG as a routine method of jitter measurement.

During the last 15 years, Trontelj has been active in the field of bioethics. He is chairing the National Medical Ethics Committee, and has had the privilege to contribute to drafting the Oviedo Convention of the Council of Europe on Human Rights and Biomedicine, as well as the Protocol on Biomedical Research. His achievements in science and ethics won him a place in the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, of which he is now the president.

Jože Trontelj’s wife Tatjana is, besides being a wonderful housewife, an expert neurophysiology technician, assisting her husband in SFEMG examinations. Jože’s nowadays rarely pursuit hobby is fishing. He used to be good, but his eldest son Jurij outmastered him and other Slovenian fishermen by catching a brown trout of 15.2 Kilo already as a teenager. The daughter Aida Kristina and her husband Roman brought a new sunshine into the house with the delightful Isabel, now 17 months. The medical tradition in the family will hopefully continue with the youngest son, Luka, presently in his 3rd year of medical studies.

Jože Trontelj passed away in Dec 2013, see separate section.
Donald B. Sanders, M.D.

Dr. Sanders is Professor of Medicine (Neurology), at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, where he founded, and for 25 years, directed, the Duke MG Clinic and the Duke EMG Laboratory. He has had an abiding interest in the diagnosis and treatment of MG and related diseases since training with T.R. Johns, at the University of Virginia in the late 60’s. He trained in EMG and Neuromuscular Physiology with Ed Lambert at the Mayo Clinic in 1972, and has been at Duke since 1980.

His first publication, in 1969, described an apparent increased incidence of peptic ulcer in MG. This observation has never been repeated, and has subsequently been cited as an example of statistical aberration. It was followed by publication of more than 200 articles on neuromuscular disorders, ranging from early work on EAMG, to the electrodiagnosis and treatment of MG and characterization of seronegative and MuSK-antibody positive MG.

He and his wife, Lynda, an artist, are proud parents of two beautiful daughters and grandparents of three boisterous boys. His hobbies include mowing grass, chasing deer from his garden, and restoring old Alfa Romeos. He was an avid, untalented sports car racer in an earlier life and enjoys Formula One racing, travel, old movies and good wine.