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Neuromuscular disease

Ottawa boasts one of the highest concentrations of neuromuscular researchers in the world, including more than 200 scientists, clinicians, trainees and staff and is widely acknowledged to be an international leader in this field. 

Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital are investigating promising new approaches to prevent, diagnose and treat a wide range of neuromuscular diseases. Our work spans the full spectrum of research from basic science to clinical research to implementation. 

Learn more about The Ottawa Hospital’s neuromuscular research below, or learn about our Neuromuscular Centre, which opened in 2018.


Research News


Findings could improve quality of life for people with spinal muscular atrophy
September 10, 2019 - People with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) could be at higher risk of cardiovascular and liver disease, according to the most comprehensive study to date. This means that screening for these conditions, establishing nutritional guidelines, and persona
Dr. Hanns Lochmüller receives Canada Research Chair in Neuromuscular Genomics and Health
July 8, 2019 - Dr. Hanns Lochmüller has been awarded a prestigious Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) through the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine.
First step towards a database linking rare diseases with treatment options
April 24, 2019 - Dr. Hanns Lochmüller and collaborators have made the first step towards a “treatabolome” – a database that links treatable rare diseases to treatment options.
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Researchers


Name Scientific appointment Diseases, conditions and populations of interest Research and clinical approaches
Dilworth, Jeffrey
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Regenerative Medicine)
Aging, Muscular dystrophy, Neuromuscular disease Basic research, Epigenetics, Gene expression, Genomics, Molecular and cellular biology, Proteomics, Regenerative medicine, Stem cells
Kothary, Rashmi
Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
(Regenerative Medicine)
Neuromuscular disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Dystonia, Multiple sclerosis, Muscular dystrophy, Spinal muscular atrophy Basic research, Disease models, Drug development, Epigenetics, Epigenetics, Gene therapy, Genetics, Imaging, Lipidomics, Model organisms, Molecular and cellular biology, Proteomics, Regenerative medicine, Transgenic/knockout models, Translational research
Parks, Robin
Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
(Regenerative Medicine)
Brain and neuromuscular disease, Cancer, Common cold, Muscular dystrophy, Neuromuscular disease Gene therapy, Molecular and cellular biology, Viral therapy
Perkins, Theodore
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Regenerative Medicine)
Brain and neuromuscular disease, Cancer, Muscular dystrophy, Musculoskeletal conditions, Neuromuscular disease Basic research, Big data, Bioinformatics, Biomarkers, Biostatistics, Epigenetics, Gene expression, Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics, Regenerative medicine, Stem cells, Systems biology, Translational research
Rudnicki, Michael
OC, PhD, FRSC
Program Director and
Senior Scientist
(Regenerative Medicine)
Muscular dystrophy, Neuromuscular disease Basic research, Bioinformatics, Disease models, Epigenetics, Genetics, Genomics, Model organisms, Molecular and cellular biology, Proteomics, Regenerative medicine, Stem cells, Transgenic/knockout models
Warman Chardon, Jodi
MD, MSc, FRCPC (Neurology)
Associate Scientist
(Neuroscience)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Genetic myopathy, Muscular dystrophy, Neuromuscular disease, Spinal muscular atrophy Clinical research, Clinical trials, Exome sequencing analysis, Genetics, Imaging, MRI muscle imaging, Next generation sequencing, RNA sequencing, Genetics