Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

Jerry Mendell's Research Team Receives Award

A team headed by neurologist Jerry Mendell, a longtime MDA research grantee and director of the MDA Clinic at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, has received the prestigious Annals of Neurology prize for an outstanding contribution to clinical neuroscience.

Induced Stem Cells Require Cautious Approach

Stem cells have been much in the news lately, including for neuromuscular diseases.

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.

Dwain Smith


padycah, KY
Full name: 
Dwain Smith
Dwain Smith
Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

Wintertime Fun


Carla has been drawing since she was a child and especially enjoys creating cartoons, pictures of people and logos.  Her hobbies include reading, gardening and making hooked rugs.  This artwork was featured in the 2001 MDA Holiday Wishes card collection.

Wine Country


Jan earned a B. A. in English from California State University, Sacramento.  She has received awards for photography and painting.  Jan has also authored numerous articles and two books, and is a member of the MDA National Task Force on Public Awareness.  She was named the 2001 MDA National Personal Achievement Award recipient.



Dwain has been painting for many years, and worked as a goldsmith and silversmith for 20 years.  He was fortunate to visit Zeeland, located in southwest Netherlands, as winter was morphing into spring.   Dwain used a heavy impasto underpainting denoting the spring winds and the earth erupting with a full bounty of blooming bulbs.  He is a member of the Paducah Area Painters Alliance and exhibits works in their co-op gallery in Paducah.

Watching Him


Craig graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno.  He has been drawing for many years and has participated at numerous exhibits in Nevada, including an MDA Art Collection exhibit at the Metro Gallery in Reno in the fall of 2001.


Diane has had many one-woman shows at art galleries in Monterey, San Francisco and the Bay area as well as in a one-woman show at Nordstroms in San Francisco.  Her work has also been part of an annual show at the Alameda Historical Museum.  Diane is a long-time member of the Alameda Art Association.  For 13 years she served as chairperson of an MDA-sponsored support group in the San Francisco area.