Turning neuromuscular disease research into treatments as quickly and effectively as possible was the overarching theme of dozens of formal presentations, nearly 200 scientific posters, and countless informal conversations at the MDA Scientific Conference, April 21-24.
A palpable sense of excitement pervaded the sold-out event thanks to the unprecedented number of experimental treatments in clinical trials for neuromuscular diseases, and the unique opportunity the conference provided for information-sharing and collaboration among scientific professionals from many disciplines.
MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $375,000 over a period of three years to Susan Hamilton, L.F. McCollum Chair in Molecular Physiology, department of molecular physiology and biophysics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. The funds will help support Hamilton’s study of the molecular mechanisms underlying a wide spectrum of muscle disorders including central core disease (CCD) and malignant hyperthermia (MH).
MDA awarded a grant totaling $375,000 to Francesco Muntoni, professor of pediatric neurology at University College London (UCL), United Kingdom, for research into the molecular mechanisms underlying central core disease (CCD) and multiminicore myopathies. Muntoni and Michael Duchen, professor of physiology, and cell and developmental biology, also at UCL, will work together, focusing on the mechanisms that lead to muscle weakness in the two diseases.
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.
MDA leads the search for treatments and therapies for inherited and endocrine myopathies. The Association also provides comprehensive supports and expert clinical care for those living with inherited and endocrine myopathies.
In this section, you’ll find up-to-date information about inherited and endocrine myopathies, as well as many helpful resources. This information has been compiled with input from researchers, physicians and people affected by the disease.