University of Sydney faculty member to join Wayne State University as Fulbright Scholar - International collaboration aims to establish international research program focused on CMT, one of the most common inherited neurological disorders
DETROIT— Wayne State University is pleased to welcome Dr. Joshua Burns who will spend three months at in the School of Medicine as a 2009 Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar.
CMT is the most common genetic nerve diseases that causes progressive muscle weakness, painful foot deformities and walking difficulty. He will use his Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship to initiate long-term collaboration between a unique group of experts who are world leaders in many aspects of clinical and laboratory CMT research.
“We are extremely happy to have Dr. Burns working with us this summer and fall,” said Shy. “One of the major challenges in developing treatments for patients with inherited neuropathies is that many of these diseases significantly affect children and young adults. There are few methods in place to evaluate disease progression in these patients and how impairment from the neuropathies alters their quality of life. Dr. Burns, in his young career, has already achieved an international reputation in these areas and his working with our group will accelerate research in these areas throughout the world. We are proud that he sought out our program at WSU to conduct his Fulbright fellowship and look forward to continued international collaborations between our two universities.”
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