Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

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.

Possibilities

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.

Big Top Smiles

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.

Challenges We Don't Face

Caroline has been painting for several years and received awards at the “Art Adventures” annual local art show for three years.  Her favorite activities include working on the computer and spending time with her friends.

Ambassador Red

Artist: 

Dwain has been painting for many years.  He tries to convey a sense of movement and speed with the vibration of bright colors.  Dwain also worked as a goldsmith and silversmith for 20 years.  He is a member of the Paducah Area Painters Alliance and exhibits works in their co-op gallery in Paducah.

MDA Genetic Counseling Webinar Answers Key Questions

Respondents to MDA’s Transitions Survey — in other words, people with a neuromuscular disease who are in their teens through late 30s — made it clear they had questions about the genetics of their disease, as well as questions about family planning and the value of diagnostic testing.

MDA’s Genetic Counseling Webinar, which occurred Feb. 22, 2012, answers many of those questions.

MDA Commits $12 Million to Neuromuscular Disease Research

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded 38 new grants totaling more than $12 million to fund research projects focused on its continuing mission to uncover the causes of, and develop therapies for, the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases in its program.

MDA's Board of Directors reviewed and approved the new grants based on recommendations from the Association's Scientific and Medical Advisory Committees, and the grants took effect Feb. 1.

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