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Muscular dystrophy

The Ottawa Hospital is conducting cutting-edge research to improve our understanding of muscular dystrophy and develop better treatments. This page includes selected news stories about our muscular dystrophy research, links to researchers working in this area and related resources. Learn more below.

Research News


Stem cells go ‘all in’ to repair damaged muscles
May 12, 2021 - When faced with a major muscle injury, muscle stem cells need to find the right balance between repair and self-preservation. New research led by Dr. Jeff Dilworth shows for the first time that upon injury, muscle stem cells prioritize immediate repa
Experts on call: Stem cells, gene therapy and biotherapeutics
April 22, 2021 - Could biotherapeutics be the key to the next wave of medical breakthroughs? Join this lively discussion to learn how researchers at The Ottawa Hospital are using biological materials like cells, genes and viruses to heal the body and fight disease.
Patient gets life-changing diagnosis thanks to Open Science
March 17, 2021 - When Jenna Keindel was 16 years old, she was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy – a diagnosis that would change the course of her life not once, but twice.
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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
Megeney, Lynn
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Regenerative Medicine)
Heart disease, Muscular dystrophy Stem cells, Disease models, Proteomics, Drug development
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 Artificial intelligence and data science, Basic research, Big data, Bioinformatics, Biomarkers, Biostatistics, Epigenetics, Gene expression, Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics, Regenerative medicine, Stem cells, Systems biology, Translational research
Ramsay, Timothy
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Addiction, Alzheimer's, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Anxiety, Ataxia, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Autism, Bipolar, Brain and neuromuscular disease, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Colorectal cancer, Concussion, Cystic fibrosis, Dementia, Depression, Dystonia, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health, HIV, Immigrant and refugee health, Influenza, Kidney disease, Lung cancer, Macular degeneration, Men's health, Multiple sclerosis, Muscular dystrophy, Myasthenia gravis, Obesity, Ovarian cancer, Parkinson's, Pulmonary hypertension, Septic shock, Spinal cord injury Behaviour, Biomaterials, Biostatistics, Cell therapy, Clinical decision rules, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Critical care, Drug development, Emergency medicine, Epidemiology, Health professional behaviour change, Health promotion, Health research methods, Health services research, Health technology, Immunization, Immunotherapy, Palliative care, Patient decision aids, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Prevention, Psychology, Psychometrics, Public health, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Regenerative medicine, Rehabilitation, Risk assessment, Shared decision making, Surgery, Surveys, Systematic reviews, Transfusions, Translational research, Transplantation, Viral therapy
Rudnicki, Michael
OC, PhD, FRS, 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
Sabourin, Luc
PhD
Senior Scientist
(Cancer Therapeutics)
Breast cancer, Muscular dystrophy, Skin cancer Basic research, Disease models, Drug development, Gene expression, Genetics, Molecular and cellular biology, Proteomics, 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 Artificial intelligence and data science, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Exome sequencing analysis, Genetics, Imaging, MRI muscle imaging, Next generation sequencing, RNA sequencing, Genetics