Friday, October 23, 2009

Muscular Dystrophy Assn. & Friends of FSH Research Grant

Pacific Northwest Friends of FSH Research
PRESS RELEASE Contact: Terry Colella
Friends of FSH Research
Oct. 22,

Circle of Friends
FSH Research Grant Announced
Kirkland, WA - Oct. 22, 2009.

Friends of FSH Research
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.

Proposals are being invited, under a competitive Request for Applications
(RFA) process at the MDA.
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.

Circle of Friends
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.

Please contact us: P- 425-827-8954 F-425-576-9245

Circle of Friends
Circle of Friends THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!!

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