Muscular Dystrophies

MD-CARE Act Congressional Briefing Accelerates Reauthorization Momentum

"The energy in the room was high, and the mood was optimistic," said Annie Kennedy, MDA's senior vice president of advocacy, speaking about the Congressional briefing on reauthorization of the MD-CARE Act that she attended and helped to organize. The briefing was co-hosted by MDA and other muscular dystrophy organizations in Washington, D.C., on Feb.

Nitric Oxide Drug Trial in Becker MD Now Open

A new drug trial is now under way at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for men with Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) who meet study criteria.

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.”

CMD: Aiming Simultaneously at Two Biological Targets

Researchers at Boston University, supported in part by MDA, say their experimental two-pronged strategy for merosin-deficient congenital muscular dystrophy (MDC1A) was highly successful in a mouse model of this disease and should be further investigated as a potential treatment approach for patients.

Turning Myotonic Dystrophy On and Off in Cells

MDA grantee Matthew Disney is a current and former MDA grantee at the Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla. Disney's current MDA grant is focused on targeting toxic RNA in type 2 myotonic dystrophy (MMD2, or DM2).

DMD/BMD: Questions About Ataluren’s Mechanism

It's been widely accepted that the mechanism by which the experimental drug ataluren appears to benefit walking ability in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) is that it causes "read-through" of premature stop codons — genetic instructions that cause cells to stop making a protein before the process is complete.

DMD: Drisapersen Receives ‘Breakthrough Therapy’ Designation

Multinational pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced that its experimental Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) drug drisapersen has received breakthrough therapy designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

BMD: Participants Sought for Registry Associated with Gene Transfer Trial

In connection with a gene transfer clinical trial, investigators at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, are seeking people with Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) for participation in a patient registry.

The investigators say the registry will provide information that will:

DMD: Eteplirsen Shows Continued Benefit at 84 Weeks

Eteplirsen, an experimental exon-skipping drug designed to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) caused by specific mutations in the dystrophin gene, continues to show sustained benefit on walking distance through week 84 of a phase 2b, 12-person study.

DMD Symptoms Show Up Early and Can Be Measured, Study Finds

Careful assessments of motor, cognitive and language function in very young children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) show these children lag behind their age-matched peers well before obvious symptoms of the disease appear.

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