Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

BMD Conference Videos Cover Health Care, Research and Daily Living

Videos of the entire MDA-sponsored Becker Muscular Dystrophy Conference, held in Chicago on Aug. 11, 2012, are now archived on the Conference video page.

MDA Commits $10.7 Million to Neuromuscular Disease Research

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded 33 new grants totaling $10,684,481 to fund research projects focused on uncovering the causes of, and developing therapies for, neuromuscular disease.

MDA's Board of Directors reviewed and approved the new grants based on recommendations from the Association's Scientific and Medical Advisory Committees, and the grants took effect Aug. 1.

DMD/BMD — Daniel Michele, Ph.D.

Daniel Michele, associate professor in the department of molecular and integrative physiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $364,965 over three years to study the underlying mechanisms of muscle weakness and muscle fatigue in Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

PTC Update on the Development of Ataluren in Nonsense-Mutation DMD/BMD

New Jersey biopharmaceutical company PTC Therapeutics recently declared its intention to do whatever it takes — including an additional clinical trial — to seek approval for ataluren (formerly PTC124) as a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) caused by non

DMD/BMD — Tom Thompson, Ph.D.

Tom Thompson, associate professor in the department of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $330,000 over three years. The funds will help support Thompson's study of potential therapies based on blocking a protein called myostatin for Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

DMD/BMD — Rita Perlingeiro, Ph.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $390,000 over three years to Rita Perlingeiro, associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The funds will help support Perlingeiro's study of genetic correction and muscle regeneration in Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

DMD/BMD — Joseph Metzger, Ph.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $237,868 over two years to Joseph Metzger, professor and chair of integrative biology and physiology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The funds will help support Metzger's work in development and testing of copolymer molecules, or "membrane sealants," for Duchenne (DMD), Becker (BMD) and other muscular dystrophies.

DMD/BMD — Veronica Hinton, Ph.D.

Veronica Hinton, associate professor of clinical neuropsychology at Columbia University in New York, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $397,596 over three years to study cognitive problems in children with dystrophinopathies, which include Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

DMD/BMD — Atsushi Asakura, Ph.D.

Atsushi Asakura, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $378,531 over three years to study how the system of blood vessels known as the vasculature affects muscles in Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

DMD/BMD — Adam Engler, Ph.D.

Adam Engler, assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $390,000 over three years to study cell-based therapies designed for Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies and other muscle diseases.

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