Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

DMD/BMD — Michele Calos

Michele Calos, professor in the department of genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, Calif., received a $200,000 MDA research grant to develop a new stem cell-based therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

"Funding from MDA is critical for us to develop these new ideas that could lead to novel strategies to combat DMD," Calos said. "A prior MDA grant has allowed us to make progress in the studies, and we are now poised to perform the critical experiments."

DMD/BMD — Louis Kunkel

MDA awarded a grant totaling $375,000 to Louis Kunkel, director of the program in genomics at Children's Hospital in Boston, for research into compounds already approved for human use that may alter disease progression in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

DMD/BMD — Josephine Nalbantoglu

Josephine Nalbantoglu, associate professor in the department of neurology and neurosurgery at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, received an MDA grant totaling $313,170 for research into increasing levels of the muscle protein utrophin as a therapeutic strategy in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

DMD/BMD — Gordon Lynch

MDA awarded $375,000 to Gordon Lynch, professor of physiology at the University of Melbourne, Australia, for research into strategies aimed at improving muscle function in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

Lynch's research builds on previous studies conducted by his group and others that have demonstrated the potential of proteins called "growth factors" to preserve muscle fibers. These growth factors are regulated by a family of proteins called insulin-like growth factor binding proteins (IGFBPs).

DMD/BMD — Dawn Cornelison

MDA awarded a grant totaling $160,000 to Dawn Cornelison, assistant professor in the division of biology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, for research into the role of a protein called syndecan-4 in muscle tissue repair after damage.

DMD/BMD — Carmen Bertoni

MDA awarded $408,915 to Carmen Bertoni, assistant professor of neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles, to continue research into DNA repair strategies in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

DMD/BMD — Bernard Jasmin

MDA awarded Professor Bernard Jasmin, vice-dean of research at the University of Ottawa in Canada, a grant totaling $360,000 to study the impact of small molecules called "exercise mimetics" in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

DMD/BMD — Ashok Kumar

MDA awarded associate professor Ashok Kumar at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Ky., a grant totaling $349,206 for continued study of the molecular mechanisms that underlie disease onset and progression in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

Kumar's team will work to identify biochemical changes in skeletal muscle caused by the loss of functional dystrophin protein in the disease.

FA — David Lynch, M.D., Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $202,222 over two years to David Lynch, professor of neurology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The funds will help support Lynch's study of the relationship between diabetes and Friedreich's ataxia (FA).

DMD/BMD — Melissa Spencer, Ph.D.

Melissa Spencer, professor of neurology and co-director of the Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been awarded an MDA grant totaling $501,493 over three years. The funds will help support Spencer's continuing studies of the role of a protein called osteopontin and of inflammatory processes in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

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