Chris Weihl, M.D., Ph.D.

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Chris Weihl, M.D., Ph.D.

Grant effective: Feb. 1, 2012

Chris Weihl, assistant professor of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, was awarded an MDA grant totaling $397,064 over a period of three years. The funds will help support Weihl’s research into a process called autophagy in skeletal muscle. Data gleaned from Weihl’s studies may be applicable to a number of neuromuscular disorders including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and the muscular dystrophies; Weihl and colleagues will conduct their studies on a mouse model of myofibrillar myopathy (MFM), a form of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy.