Anthony Amato, MD

Vice-Chairman, Neurology Department, Brigham and Women Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, and Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School.

Jeffrey Chamberlain, PhD

Professor of Neurology, Biochemistry, and Medicine and Research Affiliate, Center on Human Development and Disability University of Washington, Seattle.

Merit Cudowitz, MD, MPH

Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Director, Mass. General Hospital MDA ALS Clinic; Chief, Neurology Service; Co-Director, Neurological Clinical Research Institute and Co-Director, Neuromuscular Division.

Francesco Muntoni, MD

Director of The Dubowitz Neuromuscular Centre, University College London and Professor in Pediatric Neurology.

Robert Pacifici, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer, CHDI Foundation, Inc (Cure Huntignton Disease Initiative).

Dominic Wells, VetMB, PhD

Professor in Translational Medicine, Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences (Comparative Neuromuscular Diseases), Royal Veterinary College, University of London.

Javier was diagnosed with Duchenne in 2007 at age three. He’s grown into a hysterical, quirky kid who loves life and proudly marches to the beat of his own drum. He loves his Nintendo Wii and Katy Perry almost as much as he loves writing risqué mad-libs and eating bacon in any culinary format. He’ll never outgrow the bacon, but he dreams of becoming a young man and starting a family with the love of his life. Our goal at Akashi is to help him outgrow Duchenne, too.

Javier: Quirky. Bacon-lover. Wii bowling champion. Head over heels for Katy Perry and wants to marry a girl just like her.