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Volker Straub, MD, PhD

Harold Macmillan Professor of Medicine Consultant
John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre
International Centre for Life
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Professor Volker Straub was founding joint co-ordinator of TREAT-NMD, and is an executive board member of the World Muscle Society and R&D Director of the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust. Together with Hanns Lochmüller, Volker was responsible for setting up the German national muscular dystrophy network. Currently, he is a Harold Macmillan Professor of Medicine Consultant in Neuromuscular Genetics and Paediatrics at John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre.

Dr. Straub got his training in pediatric neurology at the universities of Düsseldorf and Essen in Germany and completed his PhD thesis on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. After completing his PhD thesis, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the laboratory of Kevin Campbell at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Straub has an interest in the pathogenesis of muscular dystrophies research using zebrafish and mouse models.  He also has a special interest in the use of MRI in muscular dystrophies, contrast-enhanced MRI and quantitative MRI, which provides insights into the dynamic processes underlying muscle fibre de- and regeneration.


Representative Publications:

Economic Evaluation in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Model Frameworks for Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Developing standardized corticosteroid treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Impact of three decades of improvements in standards of care on clinical outcomes in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Quantifying the burden of care giving in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Muscle MRI in patients with dysferlinopathy: pattern recognition and implications for clinical trials

Testosterone Treatment of Pubertal Delay in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy