SMA research receives vital funds from SMA Europe. Based on the recommendations received by its Scientific Advisory Board, SMA Europe awarded a total of €357,800 Euros to 3 cutting-edge SMA research projects through its 9th Call for Research Proposals.
The Scientific Advisory Board reviewed and scored 21 very high level SMA research proposals. As only 10% could be funded, hard decisions had to be made and the following 3 were recommended for funding:
- Defining the role of the motor axon translatome in SMA pathogenesis – Professor Tom Gillingwater- 147,800 Euros over 2 years – University of Edinburgh, UK.
- Restoring Disturbed Energy Homeostasis in SMA motor neurons – Dr. Min Jeong Kye – 150,000 Euros over 2 years – University of Cologne – Germany.
- Combinatorial ASO therapy using SMN-dependent and SMN-independent protection against SMA – Dr. Laura Torres-Benito – ~60,000 EUR for 1 year – University of Cologne, Germany.
SMA Europe looks forward to the initiation of these projects.