Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS)

LEMS: Jacobus Expands Trial of 3,4-DAP

Jacobus Pharmaceutical of Princeton, N.J., is continuing its placebo-controlled trial of 3,4-diaminopyridine (3,4-DAP) for people with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) who have been receiving the drug through Jacbobus' "expanded access" (also called "compassionate use") program. The study, which began in January 2012, was originally by invitation only.

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.

LEMS — William Atchison, Ph.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $336,503 to William Atchison, professor of pharmacology/toxicology and acting dean for research at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in East Lansing. The funds will support Atchison's research into the biological mechanisms underlying Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS).

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.

Jacobus Begins Invitation-Only Trial of 3,4-DAP in LEMS

Jacobus Pharmaceutical of Princeton, N.J., has opened a randomized, placebo-controlled study of the drug 3,4-diaminopyridine (3,4-DAP) in 30 adults with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) who have been receiving the drug through its expanded access program. Enrollment is by invitation only.

BioMarin Seeking US Approval of LEMS Drug

BioMarin Pharmaceutical of Novato, Calif., is conducting a multicenter study of 3,4-diaminopyridinephosphate (3,4-DAP), also known as amifampridine phosphate, in adults with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS).

There are eight U.S. trial sites, with additional sites planned for France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain.

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.

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