MDA awarded a research grant totaling $329,091 over two years to Kristen Nowak, an associate professor at the University of Western Australia in Perth, and the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research. The funds will support Nowak's study of diseases caused by defects in the skeletal muscle actin gene, which include "essentially any genetic neuromuscular disease that tends to be severe in some patients and mild in others."
MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $224,863 over three years to Xiaohua Wu, research faculty for the drug discovery group at the McColl-Lockwood Laboratory for Muscular Dystrophy Research at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. The new funds will help support Wu’s research into effective therapies for various types of muscular dystrophy (MD).
Update (June 22, 2012) — The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (AVCO) announced today that, with the help of 250 volunteer board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists, nearly 5,000 service animals were examined in the May 2012 event. Guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, detection dogs, search-and-rescue dogs and other service animals, including horses and a donkey, received free exams. ACVO plans to hold the event again in 2013.
The 2012 MDA Clinical Conference, held in Las Vegas March 4 -7, gave more than 500 attendees an opportunity to learn from top experts about the latest advances in diagnosis, medical management and emerging therapies for neuromuscular diseases.
Current trends and practices in the treatment of neuromuscular disease, and exciting new therapeutic developments will be the focus of MDA’s 2012 Clinical Conference March 4-7, at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas.