Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

Dhruv Prasad

Location

Dublin, OH
2012
Full name: 
Mr. Dhruv Prasad
Artist: 
Dhruv Prasad
Disease: 
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
Medium: 
Pencil

DMD/BMD - Nadine Wiper-Bergeron, Ph.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $312,422 over a period of three years to Nadine Wiper-Bergeron, assistant professor in the department of cellular and molecular medicine at the University of Ottowa in Ontario, Canada.

MDA Commits $12 Million to Neuromuscular Disease Research

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded 38 new grants totaling more than $12 million to fund research projects focused on its continuing mission to uncover the causes of, and develop therapies for, the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases in its program.

MDA's Board of Directors reviewed and approved the new grants based on recommendations from the Association's Scientific and Medical Advisory Committees, and the grants took effect Feb. 1.

DMD/BMD - David Thomas, Ph.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $390,000 over a period of three years to David Thomas, the William F. Dietrich Professor of Structural Biology and Biophysics at the Minnesota Muscle Laboratory, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

The funds will help support Thomas' research into the role of calcium trafficking in Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

DMD/BMD - Pura Muñoz-Canoves, Ph.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $390,000 over a period of three years to Pura Muñoz-Canoves, ICREA research professor and cell biology coordinator at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. The funds will help support Muñoz-Cánoves' research into strategies aimed at reducing muscle scarring (fibrosis) in people with Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

DMD/BMD - Nick Menhart, Ph.D.

Nick Menhart, associate professor of biology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $265,251 over a period of three years to study the properties of modified dystrophin proteins in Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

DMD - Robert Korneluk, Ph.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $425,952 over a period of three years to Robert Korneluk, director of the Apoptosis Research Centre at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, and distinguished professor at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.

The funds will help support Korneluk’s study of the Nuclear Factor kappaB (NFkB) signaling pathway in muscle diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

DMD - Lawrence Steinman, M.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $308,061 over a period of three years to Lawrence Steinman, Zimmerman Chair and professor of neurology, neurosciences and pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, Calif. The funds will help support Steinman’s work to inhibit immune system response to replacement of the missing dystrophin protein in Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

DMD/BMD - Julie Saba, M.D.

Senior scientist Julie Saba, at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute in Oakland, Calif., was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $392,467 over a period of three years. The funds will help support Saba’s research into enhancing muscle regeneration and muscle stem cell functions as a new strategy for treating Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

DMD - Kay Davies, M.A., Ph.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $260,000 over a period of two years to Professor Dame Kay Davies, Dr. Lee’s Professor of Anatomy in the department of physiology, anatomy and genetics at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The funds will help support Davies’ development of an effective therapy applicable to all people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

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