Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

LGMD/DD — Jennifer Levy, Ph.D.

Jennifer Levy, a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of molecular physiology & biophysics at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has been awarded an MDA development grant totaling $180,000 over three years. (This type of grant reflects MDA's commitment to the career development of promising young researchers.) The funds will support Levy's research on repair of the muscle-fiber membrane.

Each muscle fiber is surrounded by a membrane that undergoes frequent rounds of damage and repair, assisted by a protein called dysferlin.

LGMD — Michael Hauser, Ph.D.

Michael Hauser, an associate professor in the Section of Medical Genetics, Department of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., has been awarded an MDA grant totaling $383,856 over a period of three years. The funds will help support Hauser's efforts to identify mutations responsible for dominantly inherited (type 1) limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD). (Dominant inheritance means only one gene mutation, inherited from one parent, is sufficient to cause the disease.

Podcast: Howard Worman Discusses Research Related to Heart Disease in EDMD and LGMD1B

Recently, MDA grantee Howard Worman at Columbia University, and colleagues, published encouraging results about the effects of a drug called selumetinib on the hearts of mice with a genetic mutation that's found in a form of Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy (EDMD)

Selumetinib Helps Heart in EDMD Mice

Update (June 1, 2012): This story was updated to include the availability of a podcast on this topic.

2012 AAN Meeting: Limb-Girdle MD, Distal MD Briefs

The 2012 annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), held in New Orleans April 21-28, included findings related to limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) and distal muscular dystrophy.

Neuromuscular Disease Research Discussed at 2012 AAN Meeting

Top scientists and clinicians from around the world are discussing the latest research in neuroscience, and the care of individuals with nerve and muscle diseases, at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in New Orleans, April 21-28.

MDA 2012 Conference Report: Genetics and Immunology Update

More than 500 physicians, allied health care professionals and MDA staff attended the MDA's 2012 Clinical Conference in Las Vegas, March 4-7.

The program emphasized:

Podcast Describes Results of LGMD2C Gene Therapy Trial

A March 2012 podcast from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, presents the results of a phase 1 trial of gene therapy for gamma-sarcoglycan-deficientlimb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD), also known as LGMD2C.

Efficient System Developed for DMD Newborn Screening

Update 5/21/12: A podcast on this topic is now available; see Podcast Explores Newborn Screening for DMD.

Imagination Station

Mallory is attending Central Alabama Community College on a full academic scholarship.  She is majoring in psychology; however, one of her favorite hobbies is creating colorful and whimsical artwork.  Mallory previously donated two other pieces to the MDA Art Collection and now has had five pieces accepted for the Collection.  She also has created works which have been used in MDA’s Direct Mail campaigns and for sponsor awards.