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Granting Process

Granting Process

Since 1995, Defeat Duchenne Canada has built a foundation of strong partnerships with scientists and families who are dedicated to discovering treatments and a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

We believe in funding projects with the greatest chance of translating to clinical practice in a timely and cost-effective manner. This goal has brought us to granting $16 million, attracting applications from leading Duchenne researchers from around the world.

2022/23 Research Grant Update

As part of our ongoing commitment to treating and improving the lives of those with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, we will fund more than $800,000 toward research this year, fulfilling years two and three of our current research grant recipients.

We are focused on doing the best work in the most efficient way possible. Based on this, we will not have a call for abstracts this coming September. Instead, we will take the time to evaluate our current process to ensure we optimize strategic partnerships toward funding the most cost-effective innovative research that has the most significant impact on boys and young men living with Duchenne. 

We are grateful to our donors, who have supported Duchenne research in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through their investments and foresight, we will continue our mission to find a cure and look forward to re-opening our research granting portal soon.

Please contact our Vice President of Research, Education and Advocacy, Nicola Worsfold, should you have any questions or concerns:

Stay tuned in 2023 as we announce the updated research grant program.

Thank you to our volunteer committees who make our research grant program possible:

  1. Lisa Hoffman, RFAC Chair – Associate Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute, London, Ontario
  2. Jeff Chamberlain – Professor in the Departments of Neurology, Medicine and Biochemistry at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington, USA
  3. Hernan Gonorazky – Pediatric Neuromuscular Specialist and Scientist at the Hospital of Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario
  4. Hanns Lochmüller – Neuromuscular Specialist and Senior Scientist at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
  5. Jean Mah – Pediatric Neuromuscular Specialist and Senior Scientist at Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary, Alberta
  6. Toshifumi Yokota – Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
  1. Lorrie Power (NS) – Duchenne Family Advisory Committee Chair and Mother
  2. Kerri Denysiuk (SK) – Mother
  3. Marie-Catherine Duberger (QC) – Mother and President at La Force DMD
  4. Rebekah Kember (ON) – Sister
  5. Kasha Mitton (BC) – Mother
  6. Darlene Morden (ON) – Mother
  7. Eric Morden (ON) – Young Adult with Duchenne
  8. Frank Provenzamo (ON) – Father
  9. Racheal Prendergast (ON) – Mother

We are thankful for these exceptional volunteers who dedicate their time to this vital process. Their thought leadership enables us to decide where our donors’ generous gifts will make the most significant impact on the lives of those living with Duchenne.

Learn more about the research we fund: