Notice of Intent to Publish a Request for Applications for Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Centers (U54)


Notice Number: NOT-AR-13-002

Key Dates

Release Date: February 6, 2012
Estimated Publication Date of Announcement: May 4, 2012
First Estimated Application Due Date: November 19, 2012
Earliest Estimated Award Date: July 1, 2013
Earliest Estimated Start Date: July 1, 2013

Issued by

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Purpose

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), intend to promote an ongoing initiative by publishing a Request for Applications (RFA) to solicit new or renewal applications for Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Centers. 

NIH established this Centers of Excellence program in 2003 as part of an ongoing effort to enhance and intensify research on the muscular dystrophies.  These Centers were described in the MD-CARE Act (Public Law 107-84 of 2001 and 110-361 of 2008), and were named in honor of the late Senator Paul D. Wellstone.  The theme of each Center must focus on one or more of the muscular dystrophies, which include Duchenne, Becker, myotonic, facioscapulohumeral, limb-girdle, congenital, oculopharyngeal, Emery-Dreifuss and others. 

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects. 

The FOA is expected to be published in the Spring of 2012 with an expected receipt date in the Fall of 2012.

This FOA will utilize the U54 activity code. Details of the planned Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

This Notice encourages investigators with expertise and insights into translational and clinical muscular dystrophy research to consider organizing a collaborative group to prepare an application for this new FOA.   Successful applicants will foster the translation of new scientific findings and technological developments into novel treatments or other strategies for improving the lives of muscular dystrophy patients.  Each Center should involve clinical research with direct interactions between researchers and muscular dystrophy patients.  Appropriate clinical studies could include early stage clinical trials, patient-oriented studies that facilitate future trials, natural history studies, biomarker identification or validation, biopsychosocial studies, etc.  Each Center may also contain basic and/or preclinical translational research, as long as efforts are directed toward the steps required for therapeutic development, including therapeutic target identification, characterization, and validation, development of diagnostics and biomarkers to characterize or stratify patient populations, in vitro assay development, animal model development and characterization, candidate therapeutic efficacy screening, preclinical therapeutic optimization and FDA-required activities leading to an investigational new drug (IND) application. Applicants should propose multi-disciplinary and collaborative studies that will significantly accelerate progress toward effective treatments or other improvements in patients' lives. Research problems should require substantial collaborative efforts to solve, and thus are best carried out in a center setting.  Each Center should have at least one core facility that shares its services or resources with the national or international muscular dystrophy research community and another core that promotes training, education and outreach activities.  Centers supported through this FOA will participate in annual meetings with the existing Centers in the program to promote communication and collaborations. 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOT BEING SOLICITED AT THIS TIME.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Glen H. Nuckolls, Ph.D.
Director, Muscle Disorders and Therapies Program
Division of Musculoskeletal Diseases
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
One Democracy Plaza, Suite 800
6701 Democracy Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20892-4872 (for couriers use 20817)
301-594-4974
nuckollg@mail.nih.gov

John D. Porter, Ph.D.
Program Director, Neuromuscular Disease
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
National Institutes of Health
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2142
Bethesda, MD 20892-9523 (for courier services, use Rockville, MD 20852)
Telephone: (301) 496-5739
FAX: (301) 402-1501
Email: porterjo@ninds.nih.gov

Ljubisa Vitkovic, Ph.D.
Program Director
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Branch
Center for Developmental Biology and Perinatal Medicine
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), NIH
6100 Executive Boulevard
Room 4B09E, MSC 7510
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 402-1822
Fax:     (301) 496-3791
Email: vitkovil@mail.nih.gov

Jonathan R. Kaltman, M.D. 
Heart Development and Structural Diseases Branch
Division of Cardiovascular Diseases 
National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Two Rockledge Center 
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 8104 
Bethesda, MD 20892-7940 (use Zip Code 20817 for express/courier service) 
Telephone: (301) 435-0510 
FAX: 301-480-1454 
Email: kaltmanj@nhlbi.nih.gov


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