Drs. Barmada and Figueroa-Romero receive RNA Pilot Grant Feb 1, 2017 | News The Center for RNA Biomedicine and the Protein Folding Diseases Initiative are pleased to announce that Drs. Sami Barmada and Claudia Figueroa-Romero have received a 2017 RNA Pilot Grant for their work on RNA stability as a pathological mechanism in ALS and FTD. The award of $50,000 is funded from February 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018. Congratulations Sami and Maria!