Rita Barresi

Head of the Muscle Immunoanalysis Unit

Newcastle University

Rita Barresi

Dr Rita Barresi is the head of the Muscle Immunoanalysis Unit and the National Co-ordinator of the NCG "Diagnostic & Advisory Service for Rare Neuromuscular Diseases", which involves a consortium of centres in five different Trusts across England.

Rita has an international research profile in muscular dystrophies and has published widely in the field.  She is interested in elucidating the molecular mechanisms of LGMDs and related disorders.  Ongoing work in this area is concentrating on the role of dysferlin in membrane repair and processes involved in myogenesis, such as sarcolemmal specialization, myoblast division and fusion.