Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

DMD/BMD — Veronica Hinton, Ph.D.

Veronica Hinton, associate professor of clinical neuropsychology at Columbia University in New York, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $397,596 over three years to study cognitive problems in children with dystrophinopathies, which include Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

DMD/BMD — Atsushi Asakura, Ph.D.

Atsushi Asakura, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $378,531 over three years to study how the system of blood vessels known as the vasculature affects muscles in Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

Encouraging Preclinical Results in Membrane Sealant Drug for DMD

Phrixus Pharmaceuticals in Ann Arbor, Mich., reported July 19, 2012, that its experimental drug Carmeseal demonstrated a beneficial effect on the diaphragm (the primary breathing muscle) in mice with a disease resembling Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

A Closer Look: Extended Eteplirsen Treatment Benefits Walking in DMD

Editor's note (July 30, 2012): This story was revised to include information about the specific mutations being targeted by eteplirsen.

Exon-Skipping Trial Results Are a 'Major Advance' in DMD Treatment

Editor's note (July 24, 2012): For a more in-depth discussion of the exon-skipping trial results, see A Closer Look: Extended Eteplirsen Treatment Benefits Walking in DMD.

DMD/BMD — Adam Engler, Ph.D.

Adam Engler, assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $390,000 over three years to study cell-based therapies designed for Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies and other muscle diseases.

DMD/BMD — Dean Burkin, Ph.D.

Dean Burkin, associate professor of pharmacology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $308,028 over three years to study laminin-111 protein therapy for Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

DMD/BMD — Ryan Wuebbles, Ph.D.

Ryan Wuebbles, a postdoctoral fellow in pharmacology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno, was awarded an MDA development grant (DG) totaling $180,000 over three years to study the potential use of a protein called laminin-111 as the basis of therapies for Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

DMD/BMD — David Gokhin, Ph.D.

Research associate David Gokhin at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., was awarded an MDA development grant totaling $180,000 over three years to study the role of a protein called gamma-actin in muscle degeneration and weakness in Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies.

DMD — Tathagata Chaudhuri, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral research fellow Tathagata Chaudhuri, at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, was awarded an MDA development grant (DG) totaling $180,000 over three years to develop a stem cell therapy for muscular dystrophies, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), that will lead to muscle regeneration.

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