The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has awarded 25 new MDA grants totaling more than $6.6 million to fund research focused on a variety of neuromuscular diseases (NMDs).

“MDA’s latest group of awards aims to support the most promising research in a variety of neuromuscular diseases,” says Lianna Orlando, PhD, interim head of research, in a media release from MDA. “Each funding award will address a key challenge or gap in knowledge and build upon the advances that have taken place in the last several years.”

The newly funded projects will aim to advance research discoveries and new therapy development in multiple areas. The awarded grants will fund studies to further advance the understanding of the causes of NMDs, investigate new approaches to developing treatments and therapies, and improve how clinical trials are designed and implemented.

Among these current grants in the latest funding round are five development grants awarded to investigators at the beginning of their careers and who are on the brink of becoming independent investigators. The remaining 20 were awarded to established, independent investigators, per the release.

For a complete list of individual awards for this grant cycle, visit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

[Source(s): Muscular Dystrophy Association, PR Newswire]