Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

MDA 2012 Conference Report: Genetics and Immunology Update

More than 500 physicians, allied health care professionals and MDA staff attended the MDA's 2012 Clinical Conference in Las Vegas, March 4-7.

The program emphasized:

The Breath of the Spirit

Artist: 

Carlos began painting professionally in 2007.  During his teen years, he looked forward to playing baseball professionally.  However, weakness in his legs and pain while walking and running led to a diagnosis of BMD.  As a child Carlos enjoyed drawing, music and poetry.  This is his second donation to the Art Collection.  Carlos uses bright colors to represent positive energy, hope and the passion he puts into everything he does.

DMD: Eteplirsen Allows Production of Functional Dystrophin

Shortened versions of the muscle protein dystrophin— produced by skipping a section of genetic instructions called exon 51— appear to be functional, says a new report from the United Kingdom.

DMD/BMD - Nadine Wiper-Bergeron, Ph.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $312,422 over a period of three years to Nadine Wiper-Bergeron, assistant professor in the department of cellular and molecular medicine at the University of Ottowa in Ontario, Canada.

MDA Commits $12 Million to Neuromuscular Disease Research

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded 38 new grants totaling more than $12 million to fund research projects focused on its continuing mission to uncover the causes of, and develop therapies for, the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases in its program.

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 Feb. 1.

DMD/BMD - David Thomas, Ph.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $390,000 over a period of three years to David Thomas, the William F. Dietrich Professor of Structural Biology and Biophysics at the Minnesota Muscle Laboratory, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

The funds will help support Thomas' research into the role of calcium trafficking in Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

DMD/BMD - Pura Muñoz-Canoves, Ph.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $390,000 over a period of three years to Pura Muñoz-Canoves, ICREA research professor and cell biology coordinator at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. The funds will help support Muñoz-Cánoves' research into strategies aimed at reducing muscle scarring (fibrosis) in people with Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

DMD/BMD - Nick Menhart, Ph.D.

Nick Menhart, associate professor of biology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $265,251 over a period of three years to study the properties of modified dystrophin proteins in Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

DMD/BMD - Julie Saba, M.D.

Senior scientist Julie Saba, at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute in Oakland, Calif., was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $392,467 over a period of three years. The funds will help support Saba’s research into enhancing muscle regeneration and muscle stem cell functions as a new strategy for treating Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

Cell Therapy - Ilona Skerjanc, Ph.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $280,487 over a period of two years to Ilona Skerjanc, a professor in the department of biochemistry, microbiology & immunology at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.

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