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Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy Awards Two End Duchenne Grants
Date:5/5/2009

Researchers at University of Florida -- Gainesville, University of California -- Los Angeles to Receive $250,000 For Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio, May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patricia A. Furlong, Founding President and CEO of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest non-profit organization in the United States focused on finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne), announced today two recipients of the newly launched End Duchenne Grant Award Program. Krista Vandenborne, Ph.D., Chair of the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Florida will receive $200,000 to continue her work with MRI and MRS technology as a tool to monitor the disease progression of Duchenne. Also receiving a grant is Melissa Spencer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurology at UCLA, who will receive $50,000 to continue her work with Osteopontin as a therapeutic target for Duchenne.

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The End Duchenne Grant Award Program was created by PPMD in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in an effort to ensure continuation of promising Duchenne research and translation to human studies. The End Duchenne Grant Award Program is a bridge grant provided by PPMD to selected research projects that receive scores beyond the current funding paylines of the NIH Institutes and Centers supporting Duchenne research.

Explains Ms. Furlong, "With its research budget growing tighter each year, the NIH can fund only a fraction of the many promising applications it receives. Currently, only those grants which score in the top percentiles are able to be funded."'/>"/>

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