Dr. Ronald Worton
For 60 years Muscular Dystrophy Canada has been dedicated to finding a cure and funding research for neuromuscular disorders. Throughout our history and with the support of our donors and healthcare partners we have funded leading Canadian researchers and international research projects. This has led to advancements in treatments and has helped Canadians affected with neuromuscular disorders live longer, more enriched lives.
One of the biggest breakthroughs came in 1987. Dr. Ronald Worton, renowned medical researcher and founding CEO of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and his team at The Hospital for Sick Children located the casual gene for Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies. This discovery has led to further research and clinical trials to find treatments and cures, and better diagnosis practices. It was also groundbreaking to find that both Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies are caused by a mutation on the same gene, though the mutations are different.
In April 2014, Dr. Worton will be inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
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