On February 7, 2013 our leading researcher in the fight against myotonic muscular dystrophy, Charles Thornton, was installed as the inaugural Saunders Family Distinguished Professor in Neuromuscular Research at the University of Rochester. You can read the full article here (about half way down the page).
As described by Mark Taubman, University of Rochester dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, “Charles epitomizes the translational scientist. His current work is taking advantage of exciting new developments in RNA biology to provide novel approaches to crippling diseases. And as an active clinician, he is ideally suited to be able to take results from the lab to the patient, which is exactly the work being done in the Saunders Research Building.” As highlighted in previous posts on this blog, we’ve seen this to be true firsthand and are thrilled to see Charles receive this recognition.