Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

DMD — Gordon Lynch, Ph.D.

Gordon Lynch, head of the department of physiology at The University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $405,000 over a period of three years to study the potential of heat shock proteins for treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Heat shock proteins help cells fold other proteins properly, and deal with stresses from a variety of sources.

MDA Webinar Discusses Spinal Bracing and Surgery in Children

A one-hour, MDA-sponsored webinar features two physicians and the parent of a child with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) who has undergone bracing and surgery for a spinal curvature, as well as questions and answers from listeners.

DMD — Deok-Ho Kim, Ph.D.

Deok-Ho Kim, assistant professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $390,000 over a period of three years to develop better techniques for growing muscle for use in transplantation into a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

Muscle Physiology — Masahiro Iwamoto, Ph.D., D.D.S.

Masahiro Iwamoto, research scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and associate professor of pediatric orthopedics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $405,000 over a period of three years to study new ways to reduce muscle degeneration.

DMD — Eric Hoffman, Ph.D.

Eric Hoffman, director of the Research Center for Genetic Medicine at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $321,659 over a period of three years to study whether a process called asynchronous repair contributes to muscle degeneration in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

DMD — Kay Davies, M.A., Ph.D.

Dame Kay Davies, Dr. Lee’s Professor of Anatomy in the department of physiology, anatomy and genetics at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $207,566 over a period of two years to conduct a drug screen for molecules that can increase levels of a protein called utrophin, which can be developed for clinical trials in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

DMD, General MD — Radbod Darabi, M.D., Ph.D.

Radbod Darabi, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $380,049 over a period of three years to develop methods to use cells derived from skin to regenerate muscle tissue in a model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

DMD, BMD — Joseph Beavo, Ph.D.

Joseph Beavo, professor of pharmacology at the University of Washington in Seattle was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $412,500 over a period of three years to study how the drug sildenafil acts to improve the function of heart muscle in animal models of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

BMD, DMD — Linda Baum, M.D., Ph.D.

Linda Baum, professor and vice chair of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $405,000 over a period of three years to study molecules on the muscle surface that regulate important aspects of cellular communication and survival.

DMD — Matthew Alexander, Ph.D.

Matthew Alexander, a postdoctoral research fellow in genetics and pediatrics at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., was awarded an MDA development grant totaling $180,000 over a period of three years to study the role of microRNAs in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

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