RESEARCH UPDATE: SMA Large Animal ModelJune 19, 2012 by Bill Strong
In December 2011, theGSF funded $100,000 to Dr. Monique A. Lorson and University of Missouri in support of Dr. Lorson's exciting research focused on developing the first large animal model of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) to be used by the broad, global research community as a new testing ground for SMA therapies. It has only been six months since theGSF provided funding and Dr. Lorson and her team have been hard at work developing two large animal models of SMA. One of these models has been completed and is already making a difference in SMA research. And the other will be completed shortly. That's incredible! We love that so many researchers are excited about how these new advancement will impact SMA research now and in the future. And we couldn't be more proud of their work!
Rather than hear it from us, we thought we'd share what others are saying about Dr. Lorson's SMA large animal model program. Here is a great video of what two very well respected SMA researchers had to say at the FightSMA Annual Research Conference about Dr. Lorson's program, why it is important, the promise for the models, and how one of the models is already impacting SMA research:
Thank you to all who have donated to the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation and allowed this program to move forward. Without your support this would not be where it is today!
Once again, with your incredible support we have built on the wave of momentum from the "$200K For SMA -- Phase One" campaign to place a material, targeted grant in the hands of a macro focused SMA...