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March of Dimes Awards $250,000 Prize to Scientists Unraveling the Causes of Muscular Dystrophy
Date:5/6/2009

ator, is professor and head of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Iowa 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 delivered the Fourteenth Annual March of Dimes Prize Lectures at the Baltimore Convention Center during the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies(R), the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.


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