Marita Pohlschmidt

Director of Research

Muscular Dystrophy UK

Marita Pohlschmidt

Marita is the Director of Research at the Muscular Dystrophy UK. She in charge of an annual £1.2m budget invested to increase understanding of muscle function and muscle disease and to ensure an efficient bench-to-bedside transition of promising technology.   

In her role, Marita is close to affected individuals and their families with a range of muscular dystrophies and related neuromuscular conditions and understands their “sense of urgency” to find treatments. She believes that research is now entering an exciting phase and that it is vital that patient organisations work together with the scientific community to have an input in the prioritisation and development of therapeutic approaches.

Marita has also worked as a scientist within molecular genetics for more than 15 years and was involved in developing a gene therapy approach for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. She can appropriately communicate the advances and progress to patients and their families.