Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

Cheerful Snowman

Ben created this artwork for the 2000 MDA Holiday Wishes card collection.  He graduated from Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY, with an associate degree in graphic arts and printing.  He works as a freelance graphic artist.  His hobbies include video games, sporting events and music.

Camp Potawatomi Camp Fire

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Nathan created this artwork at age 9 at an MDA-sponsored children's summer camp.  He graduated from Eastern High School with honors and received the American Legion Citizen Award.  As a student, Nathan enjoyed science, band, musicals and drama club, and he received numerous blue ribbons and honor awards for his artwork locally and at 4-H exhibits.

Batman

Gerardo graduated from Sharpstown High School.  He began drawing several years ago and usually worked on two pictures at a time.  Gerardo’s hobbies included drawing, listening to music and perfecting his Spanish skills.

Autumn On the Farm

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Tod was an avid self-taught artist who has won numerous awards at local exhibits. He painted with a brush inserted into a specially designed mouthpiece. Family and friends helped by opening and changing paints.

Angel

Blake created this artwork at age 17 for the 1999 MDA Holiday Wishes card collection. He and his family have been active in MDA activities locally for many years.

Ajo Historical Society

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Jose's artwork was created in an MDA-sponsored children's art workshop held January 23, 1993, at the Arizona State University Art Building in Tempe, Arizona.  It has been shown in several exhibits and was featured in a holiday card.

Abstract Puzzle

Artist: 

Matt has been painting for several years.  His favorite subjects are computer graphics, history and biology.  Matt had artwork chosen for display at the Falls Church High School annual exhibit in 2007.  He scans many of his pieces of artwork and uses them for notecards and holiday cards.

A Calm Beautiful Autumn Day

Artist: 

Robin created this painting at age 17 at an MDA-sponsored workshop held at the Methodist Hospital in Houston.  In high school student, he won school awards for his artwork.  He also was a member of the National Honor Society and a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist.  Robin attended the University of Houston.

DMD: Phase 2 Exon-Skipping Trial Launched

Updated: View MDA's video about the launch of the eteplirsen trial on YouTube.

Research

MDA-supported investigators are actively pursuing several approaches to halt or reverse the muscle damage caused by Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Some of the front-running strategies include: inserting new dystrophin genes; changing the way cells interpret genetic instructions; changing the mutated dystrophin gene itself; manipulating other proteins in the body to compensate for the lack of dystrophin; increasing blood flow to skeletal muscles and the heart; combating inflammation; and using stem cells to repair damaged muscles.

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