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U nets three more national muscular dystrophy grants

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in August awarded three University of Minnesota scientists national grants for their innovative research on new treatments to combat muscular dystrophy.

The award recipients are:

  • Atsushi Asakura, Ph.D., an assistant professor of neurology, who is investigating how blood vessels affect muscle stem cells and regeneration in muscular dystrophy.

  • Joseph Metzger, Ph.D., a professor and chair of the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, who is developing membrane sealants as therapeutics for Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies.

  • Rita Perlingeiro, Ph.D., an associate professor of medicine, who is investigating genetic correction and muscle regeneration in Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies.

The grants follow recent MDA awards to three other researchers affiliated with the University’s Paul and Sheila Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center: Michael Kyba, Ph.D., in the Department of Pediatrics, James Ervasti, Ph.D., and David Thomas, Ph.D., both in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics.

Combined, these MDA grants total more than $2 million in current research support.

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