Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

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.

DMD/BMD - James Ervasti, Ph.D.

James Ervasti, professor of biochemistry, molecular biology & biophysics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $390,000 over a period of three years to help support his research into improving two therapies currently in development for people with Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

MDA Funds Development of Utrophin 'Magnet' for DMD/BMD


CoQ10, Lisinopril Trial in DMD, BMD, LGMD2C-2F, LGMD2I

Researchers at five U.S. and one Canadian center are conducting a clinical trial of the medications coenzyme Q10 and lisinopril to determine their possible beneficial effects on heart function in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) and five forms of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD).

NIAMS Establishes MD Research Center

A Center for Research Translation of Systemic Exon Skipping in Muscular Dystrophy has been established by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

PTC Remains Committed to Ataluren for Nonsense-Mutation DMD/BMD

Update (July 25, 2012): This story was updated to reflect the fact that PTC has announced its intention to begin an open-label trial of ataluren in DMD/BMD for former ataluren trial participants in Europe, Israel and Australia.

MDA Awards $13.7 Million in Research Grants

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded 40 research grants totaling $13.7 million to advance the understanding of disease processes and uncover new strategies for treatments and cures of muscular dystrophy and the more than 40 other diseases in the Association's program.

The new grants were recommended by MDA's Scientific and Medical Advisory Committees and approved by MDA's Board of Directors at its July 2011 meeting.

Families and Experts Gather at 2011 BMD Conference

Community and empowerment were the themes of the third annual Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD) conference held at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on August 13, 2011.

Some 150 in-person attendees, and at least that many online attenders, engaged physicians, researchers, physical therapists and other BMD experts on a variety of topics, including the latest advances in research, medical management, physical therapy and clinical trials.