MADISON (WKOW) --The MDA telethon is this coming weekend on Sunday September 4th from 6pm till midnight. As the MDA and WKOW prepare for the big event, the MDA has just released the fact that 13.7 million dollars will be awarded in the form of 40 new research grants to various places.
The money will target nearly two dozen progressive neuromuscular diseases. Among them are 13 new initiatives targeting Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Nine new projects will focus on ALS, and SMA. These new projects are in addition to hundreds of other MDA-funded scientific investigations being advanced worldwide to find effective treatments for neuromuscular diseases,
"Truly rapid progress is being made in the fight against muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases," said R. Rodney Howell, M.D., Chairman of the MDA Board of Directors. "And MDA will not stop until these diseases are conquered."
This latest round of peer-reviewed grants recommended by the Association's Medical and Scientific Advisory Committees comprising the world's top medical and scientific authorities was approved for funding by the MDA Board of Directors. The promising new initiatives are underway in 17 U.S. cities, the District of Columbia, as well as in Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom:
The MDA is the nonprofit agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive healthcare and support services, advocacy and education.
In addition to funding more than 300 research teams worldwide, MDA maintains a national network of some 200 hospital-affiliated clinics; facilitates hundreds of support groups for families affected by neuromuscular diseases; and provides extraordinary local summer camp opportunities for thousands of youngsters fighting progressive muscle diseases. MDA is the first nonprofit to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Medical Association "for significant and lasting contributions to the health and welfare of humanity."