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Dubowitz Neuromuscular Unit

The Dubowitz Neuromuscular Centre is a joint initiative between Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH) and UCL GOSH Institute of Child Health (ICH).  Its mission is to provide excellence in the diagnosis, management, basic and translational research in paediatric neuromuscular disorders. From a clinical perspective the Centre is the largest UK paediatric tertiary Centre, dealing with essentially all paediatric neuromuscular disorders; in addition the Centre is designated by the National Specialist Commissioning Team (NSCT) as the only UK Centre for the diagnosis and management of Congenital Muscular Dystrophies and Congenital Myopathies. The Centre collaborates with the muscle pathology department also part of the NSCT centre. From a translational research perspective the Centre is involved in an increasing number of clinical trials and natural history studies (> 20); investigator driven and industry sponsored studies. The Centre’s basic research is based in laboratories at ICH, with internationally recognized and funded research projects;  muscle stem cells; identification of disease genes for rare neuromuscular conditions; and genetic therapy using antisense oligonucleotides to modulate splicing

The Neuromuscular service sees babies, infants, children and teenagers with a wide variety of disorders; ranging in age of onset and severity and are usually inherited (genetic) conditions but in some cases they are acquired.

Contact Information

Department Name
Dubowitz Neuromuscular Unit
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Dubowitz Neuromuscular Unit
Developmental Neuroscience Programme
UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
Faculty of Population Health Sciences
30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH

Primary Phone Number
+44 (0)20 7905 2111 (Internal Ext. 42111)
Primary Email Address
Primary Contact Person
Patients: Dr Adnan Manzur,
Industry: Professor Francesco Muntoni,
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Contact:
Caroline Williams,
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Current Trials:

Study Name Trial Status at London - GOSH Overall Trial Status
BIND Study Recruiting Recruiting
Pfizer - CIFFREO On hold On hold
Italfarmaco - Givinostat Extension Enrolling by invitation Enrolling by invitation
Catabasis - Galaxy DMD [TERMINATED] Trial complete/terminated Trial terminated
NS Pharma - RACER53 Recruiting Recruiting
Sarepta - MOMENTUM Not yet recruiting Not yet recruiting
Sarepta Extension Study for Casimersen or Golodirsen Enrolling by invitation Enrolling by invitation
Santhera SIDEROS Open Label Extension [TERMINATED] Trial complete/terminated Trial terminated
DYSTANCE 51 [TERMINATED] Trial complete/terminated Trial terminated
Phase 3 PolarisDMD Trial [TERMINATED] Trial complete/terminated Trial terminated
Patient Registry Translarna (Ataluren) Fully recruited Fully recruited
MCID DMD Recruiting Recruiting
Wave Life Sciences Exon 51 Trial complete/terminated Trial complete
Vamorolone Phase 2b (VISION-DMD) Fully recruited Trial complete
Santhera (SIDEROS) [TERMINATED] Trial complete/terminated Trial terminated
KINEDMD Recruiting Recruiting
Sarepta 53 Trial complete/terminated Trial complete
Disease translation in DMD: Neuromuscular rare disease translational research in patients with DMD. Recruiting Recruiting
PTC Ataluren Phase 3 Trial complete/terminated Trial complete
Ataluren long-term Trial complete/terminated Trial complete
Vamorolone Phase II Extension Trial complete/terminated Trial complete
Sarepta- ESSENCE Recruiting Recruiting
Roche- RO7239361 [TERMINATED] Trial complete/terminated Trial terminated
Italfarmaco- Givinostat (EPIDYS) Fully recruited Fully recruited
FOR-DMD Trial complete/terminated Fully recruited
Outcome measures Fully recruited Fully recruited
RIM4DMD Trial complete/terminated Trial complete
PreU7-53 Trial complete/terminated Fully recruited

Contact Listing:

I am a Professor of Paediatric Neurologist, trained in Italy but working in UK since 1993. I currently am the Director of the Dubowitz Neuromuscular Centre, at the UCL Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, UK ( In the Institute I am the Head of the Developmental Neuroscience Programme and Theme Lead in the Novel Therapies of the Biomedical Research Centre in the Great Ormond Street Hospital (both since 2008). I am also Co-Director of the Medical Research Council–funded Neuromuscular Translational Research Centre at UCL.

My main interests are in pathogenesis, deep phenotyping, novel gene identification and translational research aspects especially in Duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy. I am currently involved in several natural history studies and clinical trials, one of them on exon skipping coordinated by me via an EU funded program.

Regarding gene identification, in collaboration with colleagues from UK, Europe, USA and Australia, I have been involved in the identification of more than 30 neuromuscular disease genes.

020 7905 2869

Originally from Italy, Dr Mariacristina Scoto graduated in medicine and completed with honors, specialising in Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry at the University of Catania.  At the beginning of 2008, she joined the Dubowitz Neuromuscular Centre, at the UCL Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital for eight months and again in 2009 for a further four months, as part of her three years higher degree (PhD) program. She completed her higher degree focused on characterising the genotype-phenotype correlation of a large cohort of patients with Selenoprotein1-related myopathy. Prior to join again the Dubowitz team as a clinical researcher in 2010, she worked for 15 months as a Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatrist Consultant at the Hospital “Madonna delle Grazie” of Matera (Italy). Dr Scoto works currently as a Specialty Doctor in Neuromuscular at Great Ormond Street Hospital and is Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. She is principal investigator (PI) and co-PI of a number of clinical trials, in both Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), and in a national clinical and research network called SMA REACH UK.


I am a physiotherapist with a specific interest in paediatric neurological and neuromuscular rehabilitation and research. Currently doing a Master's degree in UCL and working on numerous clinical trial involving children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. 

I am currently a Clinical Research Physiotherapist at the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. My role is to assess the functional abilities of paediatric patients involved in clinical trials. My primary interest is in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

In the past, I worked in the Italian Union for Fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy for 8 years both as an adult neurological and paediatric physiotherapist.

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