The Paul & Sheila Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center has a long relationships with the Muscular Dystrophy Assoication thanks to the MDA's support of both our adult and pediatric clinics. It is through MDA that we have the ability to serve the MD Community both clinically and also through our community support programs. Additionally, MDA has funded various Researchers with the Paul & Sheila Wellstone MD Center, including James Ervasti, Ph.d; ensuring that the work in the laboratory is possible.
Understanding the heart and how a patient living with Muscular Dystrophy may have cardiology complications is imperative to treating and eventually curing MD. The Wellstone MD Center is lucky to be lead by the same director, Dr. Dan Garry, Phd, MD, as the nationally renowned University of Minnesota Lillehei Heart Institute. Many of the MD Center Researchers, such as Dr. Rita Perlingiero, Dr. Michael Kyba, and Dr. Joseph Metzger, are members of the Lillehei Heart Institue.
Thanks to our outstanding partnership with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital and specifically the Discovery and Journey Clinic Care Teams, we are able to provide comprehensive and coordinated care to our pediatric patients. Our goal is to bring together a clinical care team to maximize independent function and minimize complications of muscular dustrophy in childre. Our care model invovles a team of specialist to help diagnose and treat all aspects of muscular dystrophy.
The Greg Marzolf Jr. Foundation (GMJF) is dedicated to funding education and research programs benefiting children and families suffering from Muscular Dystrophy and to providing support for patient service care at the Univeristy of Minnesota MD Center. The GMJF supports the Greg Marzolf Jr. Undergraduate Research Fellow program, a Reserach Grant Program, and the MD Center Family Camp.