Hospital Investigator Receives Neurological Scholar Award


Carsten Bonnemann, MD, received this year’s Derek Denny-Brown Neurological Scholar Award from the American Neurological Association, a professional society of pediatric and adult academic neurologists. The Derek Denny-Brown Award is a prestigious honor given to newly elected members in recognition for creating a body of work in the neurological sciences that shows particular significance and promise.

Dr. Bonnemann was honored with this award for his research into the clinical, molecular, and translational aspects of congenital disorders of muscle, in particular those associated with a form of collagen in skeletal muscle, known as collagen VI. Mutations in the genes coding for collagen VI cause a spectrum of congenital muscular dystrophy. Dr. Bonnemann’s current investigations are exploring the use of short interfering RNA segments as a therapeutic tool to silence these mutations, and determining the genetic cause in patients for whom no mutations in the known genes are found.

“This is a tremendous honor,” says Dr. Bonnemann. “The recognition of my work in childhood onset muscle disease is a great source of encouragement as I continue my clinical and laboratory investigations, with the ultimate goal of finding treatments that will make a difference in the life of children and adults affected by these conditions.”
The award was presented to Dr. Bonnemann during the American Neurological Association’s annual meeting in Baltimore, Md. on October 13, 2009. This is only the fourth time in the 19-year history of the award that it has been presented to a child neurologist.