SMA UK and MDUK to Fund a Four Year PhD Studentship in SMA Research

01 April 2022

SMA UK and MDUK to Fund a Four Year PhD Studentship in SMA Research

We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with MDUK to fund jointly a four year PhD studentship in SMA research which has been awarded to Dr Lyndsay Murray of the University of Edinburgh. Dr Murray will be studying an interesting biological mechanism seen in SMA called motor unit enlargement, a process that occurs in the muscles of people with spinal muscular atrophy. Half the funding for this project will be provided by SMA UK, and half by MDUK. The project is entitled “Understanding and supporting motor neurons following compensatory sprouting using mouse models”

Dr Kate Adcock, MDUK’s Director of Research and Innovation, said, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with SMA UK to fund the study at the University of Edinburgh. Not only will we be funding an excellent study, but we’ll be helping to support a new researcher begin their career in this exciting field.”

Angela Smith-Morgan, CEO of SMA UK echoed this: "SMA UK are delighted to be working with MDUK to fund this important work. It is an interesting area of research which will add to our understanding of muscle development in people living with SMA."