"Nationwide Children's has been built an impressive history of innovative research and scientific collaboration with the goal of curing muscular dystrophies," said Dr. Mendell. Within the past five years, researchers in the Center for Gene Therapy and Center for Vaccine and Immunity have been awarded multi-million-dollar grants from the NIH, and published key articles in high-impact journals such as Cell, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Nature. The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) named Nationwide Children's Hospital to its Clinical Research Network in 2008. "The designation as a Wellstone Center reiterates that we're moving in the right direction," said Dr. Mendell.
"Receiving this grant and designation as a Wellstone Center a prestigious national validation of the groundbreaking muscular dystrophy research being performed by our neurosciences group establishes Nationwide Children's as a national leader in neuromuscular research and treatment," said John Barnard, MD, president of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. "I am especially pleased that a major strength of our research program is it multidisciplinary nature, including intensive collaborations with colleagues in the Center for Vaccines and Immunity here at The Research Institute and in various departments on The Ohio State University's main campus."
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