Mitochondrial Myopathy

Experimental Drug Being Tested in Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disorders, FA

Paralympian with Mitochondrial Myopathy Swims in London

Update (Oct. 16, 2012): Joe Wise placed fifth in the 400-meter freestyle at the London Paralympic Games. Watch an interview with Joe to learn more about his experiences at the Paralympics.

MDA Commits $10.7 Million to Neuromuscular Disease Research

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded 33 new grants totaling $10,684,481 to fund research projects focused on uncovering the causes of, and developing therapies for, neuromuscular disease.

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 Aug. 1.

Mitochondrial Disease Registry Seeks Participants

If you or someone in your family has or is suspected of having a mitochondrial myopathy or other disorder of the mitochondria, the North American Mitochondrial Disease Consortium (NAMDC) would like to hear from you.

Mito. Myopathy — Michio Hirano, M.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $398,532 over three years to Michio Hirano, professor of neurology and chief of the neuromuscular division at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. The funds will help support Hirano’s study of “molecular bypass therapy” for a mitochondrial myopathy called thymidine kinase 2 (TK2) deficiency.

Mito. Myopathy - Carlos Moraes

MDA awarded a grant totaling $363,672 to Carlos Moraes, professor of neurology at the University of Miami School of Medicine, to study the effects generated by an increase in functional mitochondria (the "energy factories" in cells) in mitochondrial myopathy.

Mito. Myopathy — Leo Pallanck

MDA awarded $312,699 to Leo Pallanck, associate professor of genome sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle, for research into elimination of flawed cell machinery that is the underlying cause of mitochondrial myopathy.

Mito. Myopathy — Lee-Jun Wong

MDA awarded $411,000 to Lee-Jun Wong, professor in the department of molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, for research designed to produce a one-step diagnosis procedure for complex mitochondrial myopathies.

Mito. Myopathy — Pere Puigserver, Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $313,551 over three years to Pere Puigserver, associate professor in the department of cancer biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and department of cell biology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. The funds will help support Puigserver’s research into the study of two newly identified genes that may increase muscle performance in mitochondrial myopathies.

Mito. Myopathy — Edward Owusu-Ansah, Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a development grant totaling $180,000 over three years to Edward Owusu-Ansah, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of genetics at Harvard Medical School in Boston. The funds will help support Owusu-Ansah's research into the molecular mechanisms underlying mitochondrial myopathies.

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