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2013 Helen Walker Research Grant Awarded

Posted on: January 01, 2014

The fourth annual AMDA Research Grant (named the 2013 Helen Walker Research Grant) was awarded to Dr. Barbara Smith with the University of Florida for her Project: “[Diaphragmatic] Pacing in Subjects with Pompe Disease.”  Respiratory insufficiency is a serious, and often life-threatening effect of Pompe Disease and her team’s work will investigate a potential new groundbreaking area in managing patients with Pompe Disease. 

There are two primary aims for this research project, which will stuffy patients with Pompe disease who have a received a diaphragm pacemaker due to hypoventilation. 

• The first aim is to measure the rate and extent that intramuscular diaphragm pacing replaces positive pressure ventilation. 
• The second aim is to determine whether patients who receive a diaphragm pacemaker report changes in their quality of life.

Congratulations Dr. Smith!

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