Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

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).

Cell Therapy - Ilona Skerjanc, Ph.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $280,487 over a period of two years to Ilona Skerjanc, a professor in the department of biochemistry, microbiology & immunology at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.

DMD/BMD - James Ervasti, Ph.D.

James Ervasti, professor of biochemistry, molecular biology & biophysics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $390,000 over a period of three years to help support his research into improving two therapies currently in development for people with Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

DMD - Vladimir Ljubicic, Ph.D.

Vladimir Ljubicic, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of cellular and molecular medicine at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, was awarded an MDA development grant (DG) totaling $180,000 over a period of three years for his investigation into potential therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

DMD - Andrew Ho, Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a development grant totaling $180,000 over a period of three years to Andrew Ho, a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine in Stanford, Calif. The funds will help support Ho's study of human muscle stem cell regulation and the potential for stem-cell-based therapies in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

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