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Subha V. Raman, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.C.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Cardiac MR & CT
Cardiovascular Medicine
Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute
What if your contribution, your dollar, your donation was the one to make the difference in the life of individuals stricken with Muscular Dystrophy?
The mission of BallouSkies is to provide funds to map the hearts of boys and girls with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  MD weakens all muscles. Without a cure, the most important muscle, the heart, will fail. If we can look at numerous hearts and map the progression of scarring and the weakening of this vital muscle … we can hopefully extend lives until there is a cure!
Ohio State University 
Our team at the Ohio State University is working on making a clearer picture, literally, of the heart in muscular dystrophies. Preliminary findings include unique patterns of heart muscle injury using a special noninvasive imaging test called cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR).


  November 2013  
  September 2012  
  August 2012  
  Read Ohio State Medical Center Progress Report: January 2012  
  Read Ohio State Medical Center Progress Report: August, 2011  
  Read "Circulation": July 2011, Journal of the American Heart Association  
  Read Ohio State University Progress Report: May 15, 2011  
This injury or scarring of the heart can develop before there are detectable changes in the heart’s function by, for example, echocardiography. Our goal is to identify the earliest signs of the heart muscle injury, before muscular dystrophy patients develop any symptoms of heart disease. Earlier recognition can allow initiation of medications that are proven to preserve heart muscle function and reduce the risk of heart failure or abnormal heart rhythms down the road.
Greetings from The Ohio State University, where we have made significant progress with your invaluable support. This letter summarizes how far we’ve come in a short time to finding better ways to help boys with muscular dystrophy live longer, healthier lives. Our goals are to: 1) improve diagnosis of heart muscle disease for individuals with muscular dystrophies with noninvasive, high-resolution heart imaging so that beneficial treatment can be started sooner, 2) better understand through research how muscle can be protected from damage to guide development of better treatments, and 3) educate doctors and scientists so that our advances can benefit patients all around the world. [ read more ]

OSU Heart Clinic Research Team headed by Dr. Jill Rafael-Fortney (center)

  Jill Rafael-Fortney Bio  
  Dr. Rafael-Fortney is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, OH. The goals of her laboratory are to unravel the mechanisms of skeletal muscle and heart disease in order to design treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and heart failure. She was the recipient of a prestigious Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award and an American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, and her research has also been supported by the NIH and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She has supported the development of many young scientists, and has published over 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Fortney received her B.A. fromCornell University, her Ph.D. from the Department of Human Genetics at the Universityof Michigan, and carried out her postdoctoral training at the University of Oxford, England. She is also married and the mother of two children.  
  Subha Raman Bio  
  Dr. Raman is Associate Professor at the OhioState University. After undergraduate and graduate studies in electrical engineering as a National Science Foundation fellow, she completed medical training including fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at OSU, with additional training in CMR at Wake ForestUniversity. Upon joining the faculty of Ohio Statein 2002, Dr. Raman has built a research team supported in part by the National Institutes of Health dedicated to innovations in cardiovascular research that provide earlier detection, more accurate diagnosis, and personalized treatment of cardiovascular disease, focusing on heritable heart and vascular disease. In addition to her clinical activities serving the cardiovascular health of individual patients and families, she is a dedicated teacher of medicine to the next generation of clinicians and scientists.  
  The mission of BallouSkies is to provide funds for groundbreaking research that will assist boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. MD weakens all muscles, and without a cure all of their muscles will weaken and eventually fail. The funds  we provide are helping doctors to identify early muscle damage, especially in the heart, and develop better treatments to help keep boys stronger and healthier longer. If we can look at numerous boys, map the progression of scarring and weakening of these vital muscles, and test better and better combinations of medicines to limit scarring and strengthen muscle Š we can hopefully extend lives until  there is a cure!  

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