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Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy has reorganized its review activities into a single standing Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). The SAC review(s) the Exploratory Awards and the scientific rationale for Corporate Drug Development Grants. The committee, chaired by PPMD Senior Scientific Advisor Dr. Lee Sweeney, includes leading experts in basic and clinical Duchenne research and Duchenne clinical management.

PPMD takes pride in continuing to bring together the greatest researchers in Duchenne and the Committee members themselves are enthusiastic to participate. Jerry R. Mendell, M.D. says, “It is a privilege to serve on the PPMD Scientific Advisory with the range of expertise represented by its members. The Committee has exceptional depth, with representation throughout a range of disciplines, from molecular biochemistry to clinical trials, all linked by a common mission - helping boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I think this will be an incredibly productive experience for both committee members and for PPMD.”

Meet the Scientific Advisory Committee:


H. Lee Sweeney, Ph.D.H. Lee Sweeney, PhD
Senior Scientific Advisor and Committee Chair

Dr. Sweeney's basic research interests are focused on molecular motors of the myosin superfamily. Notable among (read more)

Linda CripeLinda Cripe, MD
Linda Cripe, MD, is a professor of pediatrics and a pediatric cardiologist for The Heart Center. She is also a member of the physician team for the Neuromuscular Disorders (read more)

John W. Day, M.D., Ph.D.John W. Day, M.D., PhD
Dr. Day is director of the Stanford University Neuromuscular Medicine Program, where he is Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics and Pathology. After training in neurology (read more)

Dongsheng Duan, Ph.D.Dongsheng Duan, PhD
Dongsheng Duan is the Margaret Proctor Mulligan Professor in Medical Research, in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, and Department of Neurology at (read more)

Brett FelterBrett Felter
Brett is an Assistant Attorney General in the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, where he provides a wide variety of advice and litigation services for the Boards that regulate (read more)

Jonathan Finder, MDJonathan Finder, MD
Dr. Finder is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and an attending pulmonologist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where (read more)

Stanley C. Froehner, Ph.D.Stanley C. Froehner, PhD
Dr. Froehner is the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the University of Washington. Prior to joining (read more)

Rose Juhasz, Ph.D.Rose Juhasz, PhD
Rose is a senior research program manager at the University of Michigan Medical School. Her oldest son was diagnosed with DMD in 2014. She has nearly 15 years of (read more)

Robert J. McDonaldRobert J. McDonald, MD
Bob is a physician and surgeon in private medical practice in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA, and the father of a son with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He also has (read more)

Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhDElizabeth McNally MD, PhD
Elizabeth McNally is a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of (read more)

Jerry R. Mendell, M.D.Jerry R. Mendell, MD
Jerry R Mendell, MD is the Curran-Peters Chair of Pediatric Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is the Director of the Center for Gene Therapy at Nationwide (read more)

Carrie Miceli, Ph.D.Carrie Miceli, PhD
Dr. Miceli is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics at UCLA. She received a B.A. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UCSD (read more)

Joseph (Jody) Puglisi, Ph.D.Joseph (Jody) Puglisi, PhD
Dr. Puglisi is a Professor of Structural Biology at Stanford University Medical Center. The Puglisi group investigates the role of RNA in cellular processes and disease. (read more)

Jill Rafael-Fortney, Ph.D.Jill Rafael-Fortney, PhD
Dr. Jill Rafael-Fortney is a Professor in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. (read more)

Melissa Spencer, Ph.D.Melissa Spencer, PhD
Melissa J. Spencer, Ph.D., Professor of Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine, Co-Director, Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at UCLA (read more)

Kathryn R. Wagner, M.D., Ph.D.Kathryn R. Wagner, MD, PhD
Dr. Wagner is the Director of the Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Associate Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at the (read more)

Greg WildeGreg Wilde, MD
Greg Wilde is division director of musculoskeletal radiology at Lenox Hill Radiology in New York City where he lives with his wife Jen and his two sons David and Matthew. (read more)

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