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CIHR grant helping to unravel the epigenetic mysteries of muscle regeneration

December 17, 2014

Dr. Jeff Dilworth was awarded $834,000 in the last operating grant competition from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for his research on muscle regeneration. Dr. Dilworth and his team are studying how two key proteins function in muscle stem cells to unlock the “epigenetic” code of muscle genes, allowing these genes to be turned on for the repair of damaged muscle tissue. As the locking and unlocking of these epigenetic codes can be blocked with specific drugs, his team is also evaluating the potential of developing an epigenetic drug-based therapy to improve muscle regeneration for muscular dystrophy. Further details are available in CIHR’s Funded Research Database.

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