Duchenne Research Prize

International World Muscle Congress annual congress
Since 2012 we have sponsored the Duchenne Research Prize at the World Muscle Society’s annual international congress. The award recognises the work of a young Duchenne muscular dystrophy researcher.

The winner at the 26th virtual congress held in September 2021 was Esther Fernández-Simón, a post-doctoral researcher at Newcastle University in the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre. She is working on understanding the process of muscle fibre degeneration and the replacement of muscle tissue by fat and fibrosis that is common in muscular dystrophies and also to find new therapies that could slow down the progression of the disease.

The 27th congress will take place in Halifax, Canada, on 11-15 October 2022.

Esther Fernández-Simón

Previous winners

2020 virtual conference

Eleonora Maino, a PhD candidate from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto (Sick Kids), for her work on targeted genome editing in vivo in a novel mouse model to correct a Duchenne muscular dystrophy duplication.

2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr Russell Rogers, a postdoctoral research fellow at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, California, was awarded the Duchenne Research Prize for his work on using cardio-sphere derived cells (CDC) to improve skeletal muscle and heart function in a pre-clinical animal model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

2018 in Mendoza, Argentina

Winner Dr Heshim Ismail Hamed is pictured here receiving his prize from Professor Thomas Voit, President of the World Muscle Society and Director of Great Ormond Street Hospital Biomedical Research Centre.

2017 in Saint-Malo, France

Dr Patricia Piñol Jurado won the prize for her research entitled: ‘Nintedanib as a new therapeutic agent for Duchenne muscular dystrophy: preclinical in vitro and in vivo studies.’ She is pictured here with Professor Voit.

2016 in Granada, Spain

Dr Michel Abou Samra won the prize for his research on the potential therapeutic action of adiponectin in Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

2015 in Brighton

Dr Caroline Le Guiner was awarded the prize for her research showed that gene therapy benefited dogs with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

2014 in Berlin

Winner Professor Maggie Walter’s research was entitled: ‘Dystrophin-deficient pigs provide new insights into the hierarchy of physiological derangements of dystrophic muscle.’

2013 in California

Dr Nicholas Wein was awarded the prize for his presentation of research relating to Duchenne mutations.

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