Joint Sparks & GOSH Grant Award

The ISTM are delighted to announce that Keele Lecturer in Medical Science, Dr Heidi Fuller, based in the Wolfson Centre for Inherited Neuromuscular Disease at RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, has been awarded a Joint Sparks and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity grant.

This 3 year grant, worth in the region of £193,000 was for her research project "Therapy development for children with motor neuron disease". This is one of the very first projects to be funded since the first approved treatment for spinal muscular atrophy came out last year so it's a great achievement.

Dr Fuller's research uses cutting-edge quantitative mass spectrometry and proteomics tools to study neurological disease, in particular spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). By combining these unbiased techniques with targeted bioinformatics and biochemical analysis, Dr Fuller's aim is to understand disease mechanisms and to identify novel proteins and pathways that can be modulated by drug treatment.