The German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris VI (UPMC), Paris, France are now establishing the first international, structured PhD program in myology at the Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC) in Berlin-Buch and at the UPMC in Paris. "The International Research Training Group for Myology" (MyoGrad) shall begin on April 1, 2010 for a funding period of four and one-half years.
The DFG shall fund 18 PhD students at the Graduate School with 4.5 million euros, and the UPMC and the self-help organization AFM (Association française contre les myopathies) shall fund an additional 15 PhD students. The spokesperson for the research training group in Berlin is Professor Simone Spuler, neurologist and myologist at the ECRC of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch and Charité - University Medical Center Berlin. In addition, she is head of the Muscle Research Unit at the ECRC. The spokespersons of MyoGrad in Paris are Professor Thomas Voit and Dr. Helge Amthor of the Institute of Myology of the Université Paris VI. Both are specialists for neuromuscular diseases in childhood.Therapy development and muscle stem cell research
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