Muscular Dystrophy Association Announces 38 Grants in April 2014

Dr. Nicholas Rauber practices dentistry at Aesthetic Dentistry Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A passionate philanthropist, Dr. Rauber is involved with several local community projects and charities, and he volunteers at the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic and for Donated Dental Services. As a teenager, Dr. Nicholas Rauber volunteered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and he currently hosts fundraising events for the organization’s programs.

In April 2014, the Muscular Dystrophy Association announced 38 research grants for neuromuscular disease research. The grants, which will provide millions of dollars for the research of treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, received approval from MDA’s board of Directors and its Medical and Scientific Advisory Committees.

The research funded by the grants includes a study at the Methodist Neurological Institute in Houston, Texas that will examine the relationship between amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and the human immune system, with the goal of developing treatments that will target certain immune system abnormalities.

MDA funds will also support research at Columbia University in New York, where scientists have developed a potential treatment effective against Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy. The new treatment may improve bone and heart function in patients.

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