Post-Polio Health (ISSN 1066-5331)
Vol. 30, No. 3, Summer 2014
$100,000 Grant Announced at
11th International Conference
Joan L. Headley, PHI Executive Director, St. Louis, Missouri
Antonio Toniolo, MD, FAMH, University of Insurbia, Varese, Italy, accepted the Post-Polio Health International two-year grant award of $100,000 ($50,000 each year) at the organization’s 11th International Conference on May 31, 2014. The announcement at the opening dinner of the conference by Research Committee Chair, Daniel J. Wilson, PhD, represents the eighth award year. PHI/IVUN has given nine awards between 2001-2014 totaling $295,000. (Two awards were granted in 2011.)
Dr. Toniolo’s proposal, “Poliovirus genome in patients with post-polio syndrome (PPS): Defining virus mutations by novel genome sequencing methods and investigating possible treatments with antiviral antibodies and drugs,” was selected from 11 proposals reviewed by the expert Review Panel and approved by PHI/IVUN’s Board of Directors. Proposals were submitted from researchers representing seven different countries.
Dr. Toniolo also received PHI’s $25,000 award in 2009. He and team member Andreina Baj, also at the University of Insurbia, conducted an observational study of post-polio syndrome in a cohort of polio survivors and consenting family who were attending Northern Italy Hospitals for neuromuscular problems over the last four years.