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NIH Funds New Wellstone Research Center for Muscular Dystrophy at Boston Biomedical Research Institute
Date:9/10/2008

down to the abdominal and foot-extensor muscles. In the worst cases, all skeletal muscles are lost, hearing and vision are involved, and respiratory insufficiency can cause severe disability and even death.

In addition to Emerson, Kunkel and Perez, the center's network of collaborators includes Kathryn Wagner, M.D., Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins Hospital; Mayana Zatz, M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Sao Paolo, Brazil; Robert J. Bloch, Ph.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine; Woodring Wright, M.D., Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; and Jeffery B. Miller, Ph.D., Boston Biomedical Research Institute.

The opening of the new Senator Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center will take place at Boston Biomedical Research Institute at 64 Grove Street in Watertown, MA, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday, October 10th. The public will be welcome.

The Boston Biomedical Research Institute is a not-for-profit institution dedicated to the understanding, treatment, and prevention of specific human diseases such as muscular dystrophy, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer's disease. For more information, visit us on the web at http://www.bbri.org.

The FSH Society, a not-for-profit volunteer health organization founded in 1991, is located at the Boston Biomedical Research Institute and is a comprehensive resource for individuals with FSHD and their families. The FSH Society funds research into this genetic disease that leads to progressive muscle wasting and weakness. The disease affects between 330,000 and one million people worldwide. In addition, the Society provides research grants, advocacy, education and outreach to professionals, patients and advocates on their behalf. For more information on FSHD please see http://www.fshsociety.org.


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