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March of Dimes awards $250,000 prize to scientists unraveling the causes of muscular dystrophy
Date:5/2/2009

owa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. He is also the Roy J. Carver Chair of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and Director of the Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center. His work unraveled the molecular mechanisms of muscular dystrophies.

Dr. Kunkel, also a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator, is professor of Pediatrics and Genetics at Harvard Medical School as well as Director of the Program in Genomics at The Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. More than 20 years ago, Dr. Kunkel identified dystrophin, the gene encoding the protein that is altered in boys with Duchenne and Becker forms of muscular dystrophy.

The March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology has been awarded annually since 1996 to investigators whose research has profoundly advanced the science that underlies the understanding of birth defects. The March of Dimes Foundation created the Prize as a tribute to Dr. Jonas Salk, who received Foundation support for his work to create a polio vaccine.

Also on May 3, Dr. Campbell and Dr. Kunkel will deliver the Fourteenth Annual March of Dimes Prize Lectures at the Baltimore Convention Center during the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies.


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Contact: Elizabeth Lynch
elynch@marchofdimes.com
914-997-4286
March of Dimes Foundation
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