Advancing Science

FightSMA invests in a broad range of promising research efforts, critically reviewing the full spectrum of science and possibility until an effective treatment and cure is found. Every year in April, FightSMA brings together the world’s leading SMA scientists to discuss unpublished research and educate families about possibilities in the pipeline and where promising research is headed.

Investing In Emerging Investigators

FightSMA partners with the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation to honor three emerging scientists with an award, presented at FightSMA’s Annual Conference.

Anne Reitz, Ph.D.

Indiana University School of Medicine

Barrington Burnett, Ph.D.

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Constantin d’Ydewalle, Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Eileen Workman, Ph.D.

Columbia University

Erkan Osman, Pd.D.

University of Missouri

Faraz Farooq

Faraz Farooq, Ph.D.

Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute

Hansjorg Rindt, Ph.D.

University of Missouri

Kevin Foust, Ph.D.

The Ohio State University

Lyndsay Murray, Ph.D.

University of Edinburgh

Melissa Bowerman, Ph.D.

University of Oxford

Sara Custer

Sara Custer, Ph.D.

Indiana University School of Medicine

Sara Gombash, Ph.D.

The Ohio State University

Sarah Tisdale, Ph.D.

Columbia University

Steven Crone, Ph.D.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital