Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

DMD/BMD — Dean Burkin, Ph.D.

Dean Burkin, associate professor of pharmacology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $308,028 over three years to study laminin-111 protein therapy for Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

DMD/BMD — Ryan Wuebbles, Ph.D.

Ryan Wuebbles, a postdoctoral fellow in pharmacology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno, was awarded an MDA development grant (DG) totaling $180,000 over three years to study the potential use of a protein called laminin-111 as the basis of therapies for Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

DMD/BMD — David Gokhin, Ph.D.

Research associate David Gokhin at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., was awarded an MDA development grant totaling $180,000 over three years to study the role of a protein called gamma-actin in muscle degeneration and weakness in Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

MD Briefs: Corrected Stem Cells, Membrane Sealants

LGMD2D mice benefit from corrected human stem cells

A multinational team of scientists successfully transplanted genetically corrected muscle stem cells derived from people with type 2D limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD2D) into LGMD2D research mice and saw better muscle function in these mice than in similar mice that didn't receive the cells.

Research Briefs: BMD, DMD, Pompe disease

PTC begins non-US study of ataluren in DMD/BMD

MDA Hosts National Becker MD Conference in August

Update (Sept. 7, 2012): Videos of all presentations from the BMD Conference have been archived on MDA's BMD Conference video page. For a brief synopsis of each video, see BMD Conference Videos Cover Health Care, Research and Daily Living.

Decision Making About PGD Is Complex, Study Finds

Decision making about preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a complex, multiphase process for couples, a new study has found. Understanding it, the investigators say, may be helpful to prospective parents who know they're at risk for transmitting a genetic disorder, and to the professionals who advise them.

2012 AAN Meeting: DMD, BMD Briefs

Update (June 1, 2012)­  The brief Drugs help DMD-related cardiomyopathy has been updated to include a May 2012 podcast provided by Nationwide Children's Hospital's "This Month in Muscular Dystrophy."

MDA 2012 Conference Report: Best Practices

Several experts presented their views of "best practices" for care of people with neuromuscular disorders at MDA's 2012 Clinical Conference, held in Las Vegas March 4-7.

Many questions remain about optimal care in these disorders, but it's clear that attention to heart and respiratory function are of paramount importance.

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MDA 2012 Conference Report: Targeted Therapies

The progress of several experimental therapies currently in development for neuromuscular diseases was discussed at MDA's 2012 Clinical Conference, held in Las Vegas March 4-7.

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