Researchers in the United States and France, supported in part by MDA, have established that mutations in the titin gene are a cause of centronuclear myopathy (CNM), a group of muscle disorders characterized by variable degrees of weakness and cell nuclei that are abnormally located toward the center of muscle fibers rather than around the perimeter.
The Myotubular Myopathy Event Study, a telephone-based survey, will gather information about MTM-associated events, such as emergency room visits, hospitalizations, medication reactions, and complications from medical procedures, as well as improved or declined motor and respiratory function.
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.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual conference being held in Washington, D.C., on April 21-24, 2013, is centered on the theme Therapy Development for Neuromuscular Diseases: Translating Hope into Promise.
Update (Dec. 4, 2012):This story was updated to reflect that the 13 previously identified genes that were tested as potentially associated with Adam Foye's disease were genes for various disorders that cause muscle weakness, not just centronuclear myopathy. Including titin, there are five genes now known to be associated with CNM.