Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

DMD/BMD — Andrew Brack, Ph.D.

Andrew Brack, an assistant professor at the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $353,259 over three years. The funds will help support Brack's research into the function of adult muscle stem cells called "satellite cells" in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and possibly in other muscular dystrophies as well.

DMD/BMD — Masahiko Hoshijima, M.D., Ph.D.

MDA awarded a grant totaling $367,386 over three years to Masahiko Hoshijima, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, Calif. The funds will help support Hoshijima's research into connections between cardiac and respiratory failure in muscle diseases such as Duchenne (DMD), Becker (BMD) and other muscular dystrophies (MDs).

DMD/BMD — Harold Bernstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Harold Bernstein, professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, has been awarded an MDA research grant totaling $540,000 over three years. The award will help support Bernstein's study of human muscle development and potential cell-based therapies for treatment of degenerative muscle diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

DMD — Xander Wehrens, M.D., Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $313,500 to Xander Wehrens, associate professor in the departments of molecular physiology & biophysics and medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. The new funds will help support Wehrens’ research into abnormal heart function in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

DMD — Jen-Chywan Wang, Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $220,000 over two years to Jen-Chywan Wang, assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley. The new funds will help support Wang’s study of the effects of chronic glucocorticoid (steroid) treatment in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

DMD — Young-Jin Son, Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $375,000 over three years to Young-Jin Son, associate professor of developmental neurobiology at Temple University in Philadelphia. The new funds will help support Son’s study of nerve and muscle interaction in muscle diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

DMD — Hao Shi, Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a research development grant totaling $180,000 over three years to Hao Shi, associate research scientist at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. The new funds will help support Shi’s study of muscle repair and regeneration in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

DMD — Pier Lorenzo Puri, M.D., Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $309,336 over three years to Pier Lorenzo Puri, professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego, and associate professor of muscle development and regeneration at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, both in La Jolla, Calif. The funds will help support Puri's study of the molecular underpinnings of, and the identification of treatments for, Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

DMD — Grace Pavlath, Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $295,269 over three years to Grace Pavlath, professor in the department of pharmacology at Emory University in Atlanta. The new funds will help support Pavlath’s study of abnormal muscle regeneration in the muscular dystrophies, particularly Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

DMD — Bradley Olwin, Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $369,165 over three years to Bradley Olwin, professor of molecular, cellular & developmental biology at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The new funds will help support Olwin’s study of muscle regeneration in injured and diseased skeletal muscle — particularly in the muscular dystrophies, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

Olwin is a longtime MDA grantee, having received funding from the Association almost continuously since the early 1980s.

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