Sheng Chih (Peter) Jin, PhD, assistant professor of genetics at Washington University School of Medicine, and colleagues were recently awarded $3.2M by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study severe scoliosis in African-Americans. Dr. Jin is a co-investigator with Christina A. Gurnett, MD, PhD, the A. Ernest and Jane G. Stein Professor of Developmental Neurology and director of the Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology, and Matthew Dobbs, MD, formerly a Washington University professor of orthopedic surgery who is now at the Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute in West Palm Beach, FL, on a study that looks at the genetic basis of the musculoskeletal disorder scoliosis, particularly how it affects African-Americans and other underrepresented minorities.

Congratulations, all! Read more about the study here.