2012 Research Grants:
The National MPS Society awarded $547,000 in grant funding for 2012 which includes the second year funding for grants awarded in 2011 plus the 2012 grants. The funding we provide is critical as we move forward with our mission to find cures for MPS and ML. We received 16 letters of intent from researchers around the world for the three grants offered in 2012. After reviewing those letters, our Scientific Advisory Board review committee requested full grant proposals from seven researchers.
We also provided $25,000 to support the Lysosomal Disease Network’s NIH grant research goals. The funding is designed for the Neuroimaging Core, which will benefit the four MPS projects. An additional $15,000 has been allocated for a mucolipidosis partnership grant with the Gandhi Foundation to Dr. Sara Cathey at Greenwood Genetics Center, “PTC 124 for nonsense mutation suppression in ML II and III cultured fibroblasts.” A $10,000 partnership grant with the Ryan Foundation funded the University of MN project “Brain Structure and Function in Developmentally Normal Children Ages 4-7.” The National MPS Society also provides funding for post-doctoral fellows to attend scientific meetings, such as the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy.
- MPS II – two years @ $45,000 each year
Induced-neuronal (iN) cells as tools to study the pathogenesis of neurological manifestations in MPS-II
Gustavo H.B. Maegawa, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
- MPS IV – two year @ $40,000 each year
Development of Long Circulating Enzyme Replacement Therapy for MPS IVA.
Shunji Tomatsu, MD, PhD
Nemours Children’s Clinic – Delaware Valley of the Nemours Foundation
- MPS III Grand Challenge Grant – multi year $235,000 with support from Team Sanfilippo
Dr. Brian Bigger
Stem Cell & Neurotherapies Group
“Evaluation of high dose genistein aglycone in the treatment of mucopolysaccharide disease
types IIIA, B and C.”