Queen Square Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases


Global Engagement Fund award facilitates collaboration with Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal

4 March 2021

Dr Pedro Rodriguez Cruz (Medical Sciences) who is collaborating with colleagues at Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) in Dakar, Senegal, has been awarded Global Engagement Funds which he hopes will lay the ground for further collaboration and external funding. He says: He said: "The UCL Global Engagement Funds will be crucial to helping us describe the clinical spectrum and disease phenotypes of neuromuscular disorders (NMDs) in Senegal and generate preliminary genomic data to support future joint research applications and collaborative projects in the frame of the International Centre for Genomic Medicine in Neuromuscular Diseases (ICGNMD) at UCL. The medium and long-term goals are to increase the proportion of NMD patients in Senegal with a precise genetic diagnosis to enable provision of disease-specific therapies, discover new disease genes, and ultimately build capacity and generate local expertise for the diagnosis and treatment of NMDs in Senegal."

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