and the Muscular Dystrophy Association announced a $200,000 collaborative research grant "Therapeutic Targets for Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (or FSH)"
This groundbreaking collaboration of these two organization was made possible by Valerie A. Cwik, MD the Executive Vice President - Research & Medical Director of the MDA. The president of Friends of FSH Research, Terry Colella, stated "that I am very grateful to Dr. Cwik for her willingness to work with our organization to make this special grant possible. I feel that this is a very positive step forward for FSH research. I am pleased that the MDA will be actively promoting FSH research by utilizing their large communication network as they send a call out to researchers."
Ms. Colella further stated that this grant's aim is to "stimulate new scientific interest in FSH research. With the help of the MDA's network we have a much better opportunity to connect with scientists worldwide that may have the expertise and ideas needed to move this research forward." MDA officials reported that this grant announcement has already been sent out to more than 800 researchers and research institutions.
The generous support given to Friends of FSH Research has made it possible for them to collaborate with the MDA and provide this $200,000 two year grant opportunity, $100,000 per year for 2 years.
The grant will be awarded to the strongest project proposal which focuses on the identification, prioritization, and/or validation of molecular targets for potential therapies or cures for Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy.
The 6th Annual "FiSHing for a Cure" Dinner & Auction will be held in the new Grand ballroom at the Bellevue Hyatt on January 30, 2010.
Friends of FSH Research established in 2004 in Kirkland, Washington, is a home based - volunteer run 501(3)(c) non-profit organization dedicated to expanding and supporting FSH Muscular Dystrophy research.