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"My little friend Jacob told me his only wish in the universe is a cure for his muscular dystrophy.  It's not a question of whether, but when it will be conquered.  Let it be for this generation."  Paul Wellstone


In April 2003, the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center was created to facilitate development of clinical, translational, and basic research on muscular dystrophy, to enhance and support clinical care of patients with muscular dystrophy, to improve educational experience for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students interested in the fields of basic and clinical muscle research, and to increase interaction and support from the regional community of patients and families concerned about muscular dystrophy.

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MD Center Director:
Daniel Garry, MD, PhD


MD Center Research Director:
James M. Ervasti, PhD

Muscular Dystrophy Clinic Director:
Peter I. Karachunski, MD


Executive Administrator:

Joline Dalton, MS, CGC

Executive Administrative Assistant:

Juanita Jensen


Executive Advisory Committee:             

Daniel Garry, MD, PhD, Joseph Metzger, PhD, Harry Orr, PhD, David Thomas, PhD, Jerrold L Vitek, MD, PhD


Paul and Sheila Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center 

Wallin Medical Biosciences Building
Campus Mail Code:  MBB-2641A
2101 6th St. SE-4th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-626-0822
Fax:     612-625-8488



Muscular Dystrophy Clinic Locations:


Pediatric Services

University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital
Discovery Clinic

2512 Building-3rd Floor
2512 Sout 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55454

Discovery Clinic Appointment Scheduling:

Adult Services

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus
Clinic 1A, Phillips Wangensteen Building
516 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

University of MN Clinic Appointment Scheduling:  

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