MDF Board of Directors Approves $700,000 in Funding for 2024 Research Grants & Fellowships

Published on Sat, 01/20/2024

We are thrilled to announce that the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation (MDF) recently approved substantial funding of $700,000 towards 2024 myotonic dystrophy (DM) research grants and fellowships through two groundbreaking initiatives: the MDF Research Fellowship Program and the Early Career Grant Program. These initiatives are made possible through the generous support of the DM donor community.

The global response to these programs was overwhelming, with applications from doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career researchers from institutions around the world. The proposals were competitive, showcasing innovative studies aimed at unraveling the complexities of DM, including investigations into pathogenesis, disease progression, clinical management practices, and advancements in therapeutic and diagnostic development.

In a rigorous review process held in November 2023, thirteen members of MDF's Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and other expert reviewers evaluated the applications. Their reviews led the MDF Board of Directors in December 2023, to select four exceptional applicants for the two-year MDF Research Fellowship Program and two outstanding individuals for the Early Career Grant Program. Two additional early career applicants were recognized with short-term awards for their promising contributions.

These DM research grant programs would not be possible without the incredible support received from the DM donor community. Thanks to their generosity, these research initiatives are now poised to make significant strides in the field and support emerging investigators and thought leaders in DM research. The funded studies will encompass a wide range of topics, from testing the feasibility of remote assessments to exploring new models and therapies for myotonic dystrophy.

This investment in cutting-edge research and emerging leaders reflects the collaborative dedication of the entire DM community. We eagerly anticipate the transformative impact these studies, and the scholars leading them, will have on the lives of those affected by myotonic dystrophy and the broader scientific community. Announcements about the individual awardees of the 2024 Research Fellows & Early Career Grants will be published in the upcoming months.