Dermatomyositis (DM)

Martin Luther King Jr.

Artist: 

Jason has been drawing since early childhood. He began working with oils at age 11. Jason enjoys collecting and studying the palettes of both old and contemporary masters. His works have won awards in local exhibits, and he was the American Artist magazine artist of the month for their January 2012 online edition. This is Jason's third donation to the MDA Art Collection.

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.”

‘Focused, Intense’ MDA Conference Advances Neuromuscular Disease Research

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.

AAN Releases Guidelines for IVIG in Some Neuromuscular Diseases

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has released new guidelines on the use of a treatment called intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG) in various neuromuscular disorders.

Self-Portrait - Laura Robles

Artist: 

Laura has attended the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh and Milwaukee and has been studying painting, illustration and photography.

Jason Peck: Artist with DM Teaches Others Online

Jason Peck’s memory of his childhood has some missing images: running, jumping, swinging, and sliding into home.

Although Peck, who received a dermatomyositis diagnosis at age 4, missed out on playing ball in the backyard with his buddies, he discovered early on that he had a talent his speedy friends didn’t — the ability to draw rather well. And he’s never looked back.

Laura Robles

Location

Milwaukee, WI

Laura attended the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh and Milwaukee, and studied painting, illustration and photography.

Full name: 
Laura Robles
Artist: 
Laura Robles
Disease: 
Dermatomyositis (DM)
Medium: 
Watercolor

Jason Peck

Location

Memphis, TN

Jason created this artwork, his first oil painting, at age 14 while attending White Station High School. He’s received numerous art awards in local competitions.

Full name: 
Jason Peck
Artist: 
Jason Peck
Medium: 
Oil

Living With

Dear Friends:

The first time I heard the word "dermatomyositis," I had to have it repeated and then spelled out for me.

Robin Chavez
Photo of Robin Chavez by Christian Steiner

Read more ...

Pages