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MGFA announces 2019 Pilot Grant Awards for 2020!
We are pleased to announce our pilot grant awards for the upcoming year. MGFA pilot grants recognize promising research in clinical and basic sciences for myasthenia gravis. Research grants are awarded based on our Research Agenda, which is focused around five priorities: biomarkers, diseases mechanisms, targeted therapies, patient outcomes and pediatric treatment. To learn more about our research priorities and funding, see here.
2019 High Impact Pilot Project Grant Award: Amanda C. Guidon, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital, Neuromuscular Diagnostic Center, “Evaluation of automated techniques for decoding speech and movement abnormalities in myasthenia” $55,000
2019 High Impact Pilot Project Grant Award: Jeffrey T. Guptill, M.D., Duke University, “Metabolic Pathways of Pathogenic Th17 Cells in Myasthenia Gravis” $55,000
2019 High Impact Pilot Project Grant Award: Ricardo A. Maselli, M.D., University of California Davis, “CSF Delivery of AAV9-mediated gene therapy of congenital myasthenic syndrome due to CHAT mutations” $55,000
We wish to extend our congratulations to these recent grantees. With this promising work in the pipeline, coupled with the efforts of MGNet, the MG research landscape has never looked brighter!
To learn more about our research grants, see here.
For families with children that have myasthenia gravis, we have some exciting news to share. Thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous donor to the University of California, San Francisco, the first clinical Pediatric Myasthenia Gravis Consortium is now a reality. MGFA was honored to provide a grant to underwrite the costs for the September inaugural meeting of this exciting new project, and to participate on the advisory committee for the Consortium.
MGFA is proud to represent the MG Community as a member of MG Net, and has committed $250,000 of funding ($50,000 for each year) to support the project. This commitment from MGFA, as well as that of Illinois-based Conquer MG, was instrumental in demonstrating the support of the MG Community for the project—an essential component of the criteria for funding established by the NIH. Press release available here.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a research team at the George Washington University (GW) $7.8 million to establish a rare disease network for myasthenia gravis. The network, which will be part of 25 established NIH Rare Diseases Clinical Research Networks, will include basic and clinical investigators, patient advocacy groups and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies working together to enhance therapeutic development for this rare disease. The team is led by former and current MGFA Medical and Scientific Advisory (MSAB) Chairs, Henry Kaminski, MD and Linda Kusner, PhD, and the steering committee members are all leaders of the MGFA MSAB as well.
The grant will fund research into the underlying pathophysiology of the disease, provide fellowships in MG for young investigators, and fund pilot grants. This funding will also ensure that the serum bank created by the MGFA’s transformative grant will continue.
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From Lisa Romano, our I Am MG Strong video contest winner! https://www.silive.com/news/2019/06/great-kills-woman-hopes-to-bring-awareness-to-rare-disease.html
2019 Community Newsletter: check out the Fall Edition of MGFA New England Support Group Newsletter here.
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