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Dupuytren Foundation Awards Two $10,000 Research Grants

Dupuytren's contracture: these fingers can not be straightened, and will worsen over time. Click here for high-resolution version

PALM SPRINGS, FL--(Marketwire - Feb 6, 2013) - The Dupuytren Foundation has awarded two $10,000 grants sponsoring research to develop better treatment of Dupuytren's disease, a condition which slowly cripples the hands of millions worldwide.

About Dupuytren's Disease

Dupuytren's disease is an inherited condition which affects the palms of the hands and causes the fingers to progressively curl into a permanent bend, known as Dupuytren's contracture. Ten million Americans, mostly seniors, suffer from Dupuytren's disease, and their children carry the risk for the same. Many public figures have been affected: President Ronald Reagan, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, pianist Misha Dicter, authors James Barrie (Peter Pan) and Samuel Beckett (Waiting for Godot), singer Frank Sinatra, actors Paul Newman, Bill Nighy, David McCallum and painter Andrew Wyeth have all struggled with Dupuytren's. Current treatment options of surgery or enzyme injection treatments often provide only temporary improvement. Severe cases may require finger amputation. Research is desperately needed to find a cure, which is why these grants are so important.

 The 2012 Dupuytren Foundation research grant competition winners are:

  • UCLA Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences for the proposed study "Discovery of gene causing familial Dupuytren's Disease" (Laboratory Research Category). 
  • The Philadelphia Hand Center for the proposed study "Development of a reliable and valid patient rated questionnaire specific for Dupuytren's disease" (Clinical Research Category).

The Dupuytren Foundation (http://Dupuytrens.org) is a 501(c)(3) public charity which supports research, education and global collaboration to find a cure for this difficult condition. Annual grants such as these are supported by donations.