03 Oct 2016

The Myotubular Trust 7th call for projects

Illustration for article: The Myotubular Trust 7th call for projects
The Myotubular Trust is launching a new call for projects. This call is open to international and innovative projects.
The Myotubular Trust is looking to fund further projects that will help find a cure and/ or a treatment for any of the three types of myotubular myopathy (congenital X-linked recessive; congenital autosomal recessive; autosomal dominant). The project proposals should focus on research that would not generally be funded by public or industrial funding sources. This call will be open to research bodies internationally.
The Myotubular Trust (Registered Charity No: 1137177) was set up in 2006 to raise money for research to find a cure and / or treatment for myotubular myopathy.
There are three genetically distinct forms of Myotubular Myopathy. The commonest is x-linked, affecting only boys, and also the most severe. It usually presents in the newborn period and there are associated breathing and swallowing difficulties in addition to the general muscle weakness. The other forms are either dominant or recessive in inheritance, are usually milder and vary widely.

Grants Information, 2016-17

Over the last few years, The Myotubular Trust has awarded research grants / fellowships for many different projects, among which two led by Ana Buj-Bello from Genethon :
• Gene therapy for x-linked myotubular myopathy and pathophysiology – Dr Ana Buj Bello, Genethon, Evry - £102,290 over 2 years 
• Membrane trafficking and T tubule structure and function in a canine model of centronuclear myopathies – Dr Richard Piercy, Royal Veterinary College, London - £38,548 over 3 years 
• Deciphering the molecular pathway involving centronuclear myopathy genes – Manuela D’Alessandro, IGBMC, Illkirch - £120,000 over 3 years 
• Gene therapy for autosomal dominant centronuclear myopathy by Transplicing – Dr Marc Bitoun, INSERM, Paris - £102,340 over 2 years 
• Next generation sequencing to tackle centronuclear myopathies – Dr Jocelyn Laporte, IGBMC, France - £62,000 over 2 years 
• Secondary pathogenic mechanisms in XLMTM and CNM – Dr Susan Treves, Basel University Hospital, Basel and Dr Heinz Jungbluth, King’s College London - £116,664 over 3 years 
• Pre-clinical gene replacement therapy for X-Linked myotubular myopathy – Dr Ana Buj Bello, Genethon, Evry - £110,300 over 2 years
• Reducing DNM2 as a novel therapeutic target for centronuclear myopathy – Dr Jocelyn Laporte, IGBMC, France - £132,000 over 3 years
• PI3 Kinase Inhibition as a Novel Treatment Strategy for MTM –Dr James, Dowling, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada - £102,500 over 2 years
• Myotubular and Centronuclear Myopathy Patient Registry curation –TREAT-NMD team based at the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre at Newcastle University - £40,744 over 2 years

A Seventh Call For Projects

The Myotubular Trust has a Scientific Board which is chaired by Professor Francesco Muntoni of The Institute of Child Health, University College London. The Board makes recommendations to the Myotubular Trust trustees on which projects to fund. Applications for this 7th call for projects must be sent by 17:00 hours GMT Wednesday 30th November 2016. Awards should be made in May / June 2017.
The Myotubular Trust has a relationship with Sparks the children’s medical research charity, who as a much larger funder with a grant administration team, is able to provide the Myotubular Trust with grant management services. Sparks is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) – a membership organisation of the leading medical and health research charities in the UK.
Sparks holds an AMRC Certificate of Best Practice in Medical Research and Health Research Peer Review. This signifies that the Myotubular Trust's grants managed by Sparks demonstrate best practice in Medical and Health Research peer review as audited by the AMRC in 2015.
Applications may be made for:
1. Project grants. Applications from the Principal Investigator for projects of 2-3 years duration to be carried out by a Post Doctoral researcher, or PHD student, will be considered 
2. A Myotubular Trust fellowship, non-clinical. Applicants will have identified a host institution and will be undertaking a basic science project of 3-4 years duration
In particular, the application of new technologies to research into myotubular myopathy, which may involve collaboration between different medical disciplines and / or different research institutions, are encouraged. Applications which involve joint funding with other organisations will be considered.
Application Forms
Please download an application forms in either PDF or Word Document here:
Word Document:
Should you have any questions relating to this call for projects, please email