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Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre opens at Life

Monday 24 November 2014 saw the official launch of the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre at Newcastle University with a celebratory day of distinguished speakers and excellent science. The launch of the Centre represents the culmination of more than 50 years of excellence in muscular dystrophy research and care at Newcastle University and in the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The new research centre will help us to improve our work at the forefront of cutting-edge endeavours to better understand muscle disease, so improving care and treatment for patients.

We are delighted to recognise Lord Walton’s enormous contribution to the field of muscle disease research and patient care in the naming of our research centre and pleased that he is able to join us in the science, discussions and celebrations at the launch event.

About the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre

Newcastle University has a long history as a centre of international excellence in muscular dystrophy diagnosis, care and research. As a leader in shaping the European muscle disease landscape, the Centre represents the cutting edge of research and is at the forefront of innovative therapy development.

One of the great strengths at the new research centre is a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach, both within the team and with other leading experts around the world. Genetic neuromuscular disease includes some very rare conditions and it is through establishing these partnerships that the biggest strides towards improving diagnosis, care and treatment for patients can be made.

The John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre team are members of the MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases which is a major source of support for activity in the centre. We also have many areas of collaboration and support with Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Professors Kate Bushby, Hanns Lochmüller and Volker Straub lead the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre and hold joint appointments between Newcastle University and the NHS. With over 115 publications in the last three years, their time is split between research and clinical commitments, both of which focus on neuromuscular disease, and they provide leadership across the Centre.

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