Endocrine Myopathies

New Forms of Genetic Testing Improve Diagnosis, Raise Questions

“Knowing, if not all, is almost all,” said Matthew Harms, a neurologist and neurophysiologist from Washington University in St. Louis, in his presentation on genetic testing for neuromuscular disorders at the 2014 MDA Clinical Conference, held in Chicago March 16-19.

‘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.

Registry Seeks Participants with Congenital Muscle Disorders

An international patientregistry (database) is gathering information about children and adults with any form of congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD), a congenital myasthenic syndrome or a congenital myopathy (congenital muscle disease), with the goals of promoting research and improving care in these disorders.

New Guidelines on Genetic Testing in Children

As scientists learn more about what our DNA can tell us about health and disease, public interest has intensified and genetic testing has become increasingly common. In response, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) have released new guidelines to address updated technologies and new uses of genetic testing and screening in children.

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.

Jay McMahan

Location

Austin, TX

Jay received a master’s degree in studio art from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., in 2003. His works have been shown in galleries and other venues in St. Louis and Houston, Texas. This photograph of Vietnamese water lilies was taken at the St. Louis Botanical Gardens. It was then scanned and manipulated to create the final piece.

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Jay McMahan
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Jay McMahan
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Photograph

Brian Stock

Location

Plano, TX

Brian created this artwork at the age of 7 at an MDA-sponsored children’s art workshop held August 29, 1992, at the Dallas Museum of Art. He currently attends Brigham Young University in Utah.

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Brian Stock
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Brian Stock
Medium: 
Acrylic

Mariana Krawczak

Location

Waynesboro, PA

Marianna created this artwork at age 8. She won numerous awards for her drawings, one of which was chosen in a national contest for a calendar. She liked animals and used them extensively in her work.

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Mariana Krawczak
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Mariana Krawczak
Medium: 
Pencil/Marker

MaryAnn Miller

Location

Clinton, NJ

MaryAnn is an award-winning professional artist and retired public school educator. Her works have been exhibited in numerous juried shows in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York City. This artwork was featured in the 1999 MDA Holiday Wishes card collection.

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MaryAnn Miller
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MaryAnn Miller
Medium: 
Watercolor

Dustin Borlack

Location

Milford, MI

Dustin created this collage at age 3 at an MDA-sponsored children’s art workshop held May 15, 1993, at the Detroit Institute of Art.

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Dustin Borlack
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Dustin Borlack
Medium: 
Collage

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