GOSH Paediatric Neurologist recognised with prestigious award

22 Feb 2024, 2:53 p.m.

Professor Muntoni in a hospital corridor

Professor Francesco Muntoni, a leading Paediatric Neurologist and Director of the Dubowitz Neuromuscular Centre at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, has received the Richard Attenborough Award for Outstanding Achievement from Muscular Dystrophy UK, the leading charity for more than 110,000 children and adults in the UK living with one of over 60 muscle wasting and weakening conditions.

Professor Muntoni was presented the award for having made incredible contributions to the lives of many families within the muscle wasting and weakening community either directly through his clinic or indirectly through the hope his research brings to people. His work is at the forefront of delivering improved lives for those children living with conditions like Duchenne, myotubular myopathy, SMA and many other congenital myopathies and muscular dystrophies.

Professor Muntoni said:

“I feel privileged about the long standing collaboration with Muscular Dystrophy UK amongst other things. This has allowed us to work together and establish the national network NorthStar caring for people living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which now represents the largest network for this condition in the world. This has led to many original discoveries into the condition and allowed us to work together with other UK centres.”

There were six awards in total, recognising success in fundraising, caring, volunteering, community engagement and research, as well as an outstanding achievement award. Four award recipients were nominated by staff and the remaining based on external votes. All were shortlisted by a judging panel made up of the charity’s trustees.

Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Chief Executive, Catherine Woodhead, said:

“Congratulations to Professor Muntoni for winning one of Muscular Dystrophy UK President’s Awards. We received lots of strong nominations – making the judging process harder than ever.

"It was a beautiful evening and lovely to be able to recognise people who give their all to making a difference for those living with a muscle wasting and weakening condition.”

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