On December 10, 2010, Jerry R. Mendell, MD, director of the Center for Gene Therapy at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, was recognized for his outstanding contributions to clinical care and research as he was presented with the Juanita Curran and Dwight Peters Endowed Chair. Endowed chairs represent one of the most prestigious and significant recognitions of an investigator’s scientific accomplishments.
Dr. Mendell, who is director of the Neuromuscular Disorders clinical program at Nationwide Children's, has made fundamental contributions to the field of neuromuscular disease. He was among the first to test muscle cell transplantation for Duchenne muscular dystrophy in the early 1990s and is the first person to study viral mediated gene therapy for muscular dystrophy in humans. In 2004, Dr. Mendell was awarded the S. Mouchly Small Scientific Achievement Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association in recognition of his significant contributions to neuromuscular disease research.
Dr. Mendell holds professorships in Neurology, Pediatrics, Pathology, Physiology and Cell Biology at The Ohio State University. In 2009, Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee presented him with the University Distinguished Scholar Award from the Department of Research.
Recently, Dr. Mendell led the Center for Gene Therapy in obtaining National Institutes of Health funding to become a Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center, one of three national award recipients in 2010.