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MDA awards $13.5 million in grants for research treatments for neuromuscular diseases
Date:2/8/2011

TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 8, 2011 The Muscular Dystrophy Association today awarded 44 grants totaling $13.5 million to support new research to advance understanding of disease processes and to uncover new strategies for treating muscular dystrophies, ALS and other related neuromuscular diseases affecting more than a million Americans. The vital research funding was made possible by generous public support of the MDA Labor Day Telethon.

"MDA-supported researchers have long led the way in advancing understanding of, and developing therapeutic strategies for, neuromuscular diseases," said noted pediatrician, human biochemical geneticist and MDA Chairman of the Board R. Rodney Howell, M.D. "With this most recent round of grants, the Association is spurring on the vital science that ultimately will put an end to a litany of devastating muscle diseases."

About the new grants

Of the 44 new awards, 37 will improve understanding of disease pathology for specific neuromuscular diseases (see list of 17 disorders targeted with this new round of MDA grants), or guide development of strategies for better diagnosis and treatment. Please click on any of the following links for investigator-specific releases. Seven italicized links are particularly notable projects:

Alabama
University of Alabama

California
Ludwig Institute
Sanford-Burnham MRI
UC Berkley
UC Los Angeles
UC San Diego 12
UC San Francisco

Contact: Lila Petersen
lpetersen@mdausa.org
520-730-9981
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Source:Eurekalert

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