Mark Field, member of the Lay Research PanelAfter hearing Murray’s devastating diagnosis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, my outlook changed. The initially selfish ambition to help our son has expanded to include all affected by muscle disease… [and] guiding the spending on research is a key element. Muscular Dystrophy UK is very particular about ensuring that decision-making comes from the grassroots upwards. Reviewing the grant applications is challenging, but an experience that I would not miss for the world. I am honoured to work with the charity and the panel.

Mark Field, father of Murray who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and a member of the Lay Research Panel.

We welcome the involvement of families living with muscle-wasting conditions in our research processes – not just scientists.

Families affected by muscle-wasting conditions are experts in what it means to live with those conditions. Their opinions about what research we should fund and how we communicate it to a wider audience are invaluable. We know their input strengthens the relevance of our research.

You can get involved in our research by becoming a member of our Lay Research Panel:

Lay Research Panel

A panel of people, most of whom are affected directly or indirectly by a muscle-wasting condition. We meet twice a year to review the grants programme and discuss new applications. We have a selection process in place. Find out more about the Lay Research Panel.

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