Thursday, July 15, 2010

Research connection - FSHD Global

Research connection

Monash University
Research connection
July 2010

For Dr Lucy Burns, (MBBS 1993) supporting Monash research into Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is a cause close to her heart.

The President of the Victoria Branch of the FSHD Global Research Foundation and Monash medicine alumna is living with FSHD - the most common form of adult muscular dystrophy - and as an inherited disorder, there is a 50 per cent chance her children will grow up to develop the disease.

The foundation has donated $160,000 to Professor Christina Mitchell's team to analyse the levels and distribution of novel proteins that regulate muscle mass in human FSHD skeletal muscle samples, and to study muscle wasting in a mouse model of the disease.

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