Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

New Forms of Genetic Testing Improve Diagnosis, Raise Questions

“Knowing, if not all, is almost all,” said Matthew Harms, a neurologist and neurophysiologist from Washington University in St. Louis, in his presentation on genetic testing for neuromuscular disorders at the 2014 MDA Clinical Conference, held in Chicago March 16-19.

What! Stairs, Stairs and More Stairs!

Artist: 

Milda is an award-winning professional artist, designer and instructor. She taught art for 16 years, illustrates children's books and has published two books of humorous drawings. Due to CMT, climbing stairs has been very difficult for Milda for many years. She has created a series of prints all related to the topic of stairs. Milda has donated four other pieces of artwork to the Collection.

Thunder

Alex was born in Uglich, Russia, and was adopted by Becky and Marshall Gravdahl. His mother is an artist and he began creating art in a variety of materials along with his brother Pasha, also from Russia. Alex also enjoys photography and playing the piano which he began at age 3. He has won numerous awards for his artwork and photography at local fairs and festivals. He is currently selling a CD of his piano performances and selling his artwork in hopes of raising one million dollars for MDA.

Apple Pearing

Alex was born in Uglich, Russia, and was adopted by Becky and Marshall Gravdahl. His mother is an artist and he began creating art in a variety of materials along with his brother Pasha, also from Russia. Alex also enjoys photography and playing the piano which he began at age three. He has won numerous awards for his artwork and photography at local fairs and festivals. He is currently selling a CD of his piano performances and selling his artwork in hopes of raising one million dollars for MDA.

Alexander Amble Gravdahl

2014
Full name: 
Mr. Alexander Amble Gravdahl
Artist: 
Alexander Amble Gravdahl
Disease: 
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)
Medium: 
Acrylic

Welcome

Barbara has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University and a master’s in mass communications from Louisiana State University. She began painting in 2011 after taking an art class. Several of her works were featured in Quest magazine (spring 2011 issue) in the article “An accidental Artist: Let Yourself Play!” Barbara and her husband Jim travel frequently and write articles about accessibility, accommodations, and other travel subjects. They are regular contributors to Quest.

Barbara Twardowski

2013
Full name: 
Ms. Barbara Twardowski
Artist: 
Barbara Twardowski
Disease: 
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)
Medium: 
Acrylic

The Jetty

Artist: 

Les became a full-time artist at the age of 50. Unable to hold a paintbrush, he relied on his acclaimed "drip method" of painting. By dripping and pouring pools of different colors onto a canvas and maneuvering it with his hands, Les produced amazing patterns and dynamic images. This painting was donated to the MDA Art Collection in October of 2012 by Mr. & Mrs. John Victor whose family knew Les.

MDA Awards $8.5 Million to 31 Neuromuscular Disease Research Projects

In its summer 2013 round of research grant awards, the Muscular Dystrophy Association aims to catalyze research progress in a dozen neuromuscular diseases, with an eye toward applying that knowledge to related muscle diseases, as well.

“A large number of our grants are investigating new therapeutic technologies,” notes Jane Larkindale, MDA's vice president of research. “These are 'platform' technologies, where successes can be transferred well beyond the specific disease in which they are developed and tested.”

CMT — Peter Hiesinger, Ph.D.

Peter Hiesinger, associate professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $300,000 over a period of three years to investigate the causes of type 2B Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT2B).

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