Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

MDA Genetic Counseling Webinar Answers Key Questions

Respondents to MDA’s Transitions Survey — in other words, people with a neuromuscular disease who are in their teens through late 30s — made it clear they had questions about the genetics of their disease, as well as questions about family planning and the value of diagnostic testing.

MDA’s Genetic Counseling Webinar, which occurred Feb. 22, 2012, answers many of those questions.

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.

CMD - Mahasweta Girgenrath, Ph.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $357,465 over a period of three years to Mahasweta Girgenrath, an assistant professor in the Health Sciences Department at Boston University in Boston. The funds will help support Girgenrath’s work to find a combination therapy to treat type 1A congenital muscular dystrophy (MDC1A).

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.

CMD/LGMD - Jeffrey Miller, Ph.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $343,860 over a period of three years to Jeffrey Boone Miller, senior scientist at Boston Biomedical Research Institute in Watertown, Mass., and associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Muscle Physiology - Elizabeth Chen, Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $321,489 over a period of three years to Elizabeth Chen, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. The funds will help support Chen's research into a mechanistic understanding of normal muscle physiology, which will inform potential therapeutic strategies aimed at treating various genetic and acquired degenerative muscle diseases.

Man with CMD Died Doing What He Loved

Michael Wogan had been looking forward to the trip to the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev.

According to his younger brother James, “Michael liked to get out and travel, and he was so excited about getting on a plane.”

Michael’s older brother Billy, 26 — who, like Michael, 22, and James, 19, has congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD)— was supposed to attend the show with their dad. When he couldn’t, Michael went instead.

He promised to tell his brothers all about it.

Induced Stem Cells Require Cautious Approach

Stem cells have been much in the news lately, including for neuromuscular diseases.

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.

Untitled - Terry Burleigh

Terry created this collage at age 10 at an MDA-sponsored children's art workshop held June 6, 1992, in Houston, Texas.  She graduated from Orangefield High School in May 1999.