The purpose of SMA Europe is to provide a framework to stimulate collaboration and accelerate translational research pathways in SMA and promote patient care.

  1. SMA Europe awards new research grants through its 9th call for research proposals

    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.