Muscular Dystrophy UK

Funding Scientists of the Future

Nine-year-old Abbi is a born performer; but she’s worried she won’t be able to hold a microphone when she’s older. This is because she has muscular dystrophy - her muscles are weak and gradually wasting away. We want to fund research into treatments and cures, so Abbi doesn't have to worry

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

Registered Charity in England and Wales (205395)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£44,000

Amount raised

£98,672

Donations

38

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  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

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Situation

A diagnosis of a muscle-wasting condition is devastating. Muscles weaken and waste over time, leading to increasing disability. For many, the tiniest movement can be a struggle, and for some their weakening heart muscles will shorten their lives. There are no treatments or cures for muscle-wasting conditions. Research is vital to give hope to children like Abbi; but only a limited number of scientists have the necessary in-depth knowledge of these rare conditions.

Solution

We are working towards a world with effective treatments and cures for all muscle-wasting conditions. To achieve this, we need to support top-quality research, and ensure there continues to be enough scientists with the knowledge needed to carry it out. We will support the next generation of researchers to build on the groundbreaking work that has already been done. By selecting the most promising young scientists to work on the best research projects we can get closer to treatments and cure.

  • Where would we be without funding from Muscular Dystrophy UK? The basic answer is we wouldn‚Äôt be anywhere.

    — Professor Doug Turnbull, Professor of Neurology at the University of Newcastle

  • Five years ago, it was impossible to think about treatments. Now, I‚Äôm hopeful that we may be able to produce something in the next ten years

    — Professor Francesco Muntoni, University College London

  • Being funded by the charity enabled me to raise funds from other sources & to attend meetings where international collaborations could be set up.

    — Professor Dame Kay Davies

  • Five years ago, it was impossible to think about treatments. Now, I’m hopeful that we may be able to produce something in the next ten years

    — Professor Francesco Muntoni, University College London

  • Being funded by the charity enabled me to raise funds from other sources & to attend meetings where international collaborations could be set up.

    — Professor Dame Kay Davies

  • Where would we be without funding from Muscular Dystrophy UK? The basic answer is we wouldn’t be anywhere.

    — Professor Doug Turnbull, Professor of Neurology at the University of Newcastle