Duchenne Research Prize

International World Muscle Congress annual congress

The Duchenne Research Fund is a proud sponsor of the Duchenne Research Prize at the World Muscle Society’s annual international congress. The award has recognised the work of a young Duchenne muscular dystrophy researcher for over a decade.

The winner at the 28th congress in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, in October 2023 was Dr Stefan Nicolau, a research fellow at the Center for Gene Therapy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, for his work entitled: “Clinical spectrum and molecular features of asymptomatic and paucisymptomatic DMD mutations.” Read more about his research.

The 29th congress will take place in Prague, on 8-12 October 2024.

Dr Juanma Fernández-Costa - Prizewinner 2022

Previous winners

2022 in Halifax, Canada

Dr Juanma Fernández-Costa - Prizewinner 2022
Dr Juan M. Fernández-Costa, a senior researcher at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia in Barcelona, for his work on a new approach of using human bioengineered organoids to advance research – rather than relying on traditional cell cultures and animal models. Dr Fernández is pictured with WMS Prize Committee Chair Dr Johann Böhm.

2021 virtual conference

Esther Fernández-Simón
Esther Fernández-Simón, a post-doctoral researcher at Newcastle University in the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre, has worked on understanding the process of muscle fibre degeneration and the replacement of muscle tissue by fat and fibrosis that is common in muscular dystrophies, as well as seeking out new therapies that could slow down the progression of the disease.

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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