Muscular Dystrophies

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.

DUX4 Causes Muscle Mayhem in FSHD

Editor's note 2/2/12:This story was updated to reflect the availability of a podcast in which Stephen Tapscott is interviewed.

A little over a year ago, a team of researchers announced a crucial new finding that helped explain the molecular basis of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD).

MDA Funds Development of Utrophin 'Magnet' for DMD/BMD

 

Nationwide Children's Podcast Probes Exon Skipping in DMD

A January 2012 podcast from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, explores the potential of a strategy called exon skipping as a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

MDA Funds Clinical Studies of Reformulated Drug for DMD

MDA has awarded $750,000 to Summit Corporation PLC for development and testing of SMT C1100, the company's experimental drug for treatment ofDuchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Summit is an Oxford, United Kingdom, drug discovery company.

The award was made through MDA's Venture Philanthropy (MVP) arm, a part of MDA's translational research program.

Podcast Explores Blocking NF-kappa B in DMD

A December 2011 podcast from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, explores how an inhibitor of a protein called NF-kappa B has been beneficial in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and is now being developed as a potential DMD treatment.

The podcast is part of a Nationwide Children's series called "This Month in Muscular Dystrophy."

International MMD Consortium Includes Professionals, Families

The 8th International Myotonic Dystrophy Consortium Meeting (IDMC-8), was an exciting mix of the latest scientific developments and clinical research in types 1 and 2 myotonic dystrophy (MMD1 and MMD1, also known as DM1 and DM2).

MMD Research Update Streamed for Families Dec. 3

As part of the upcoming International Myotonic Dystrophy Consortium (IDMC-8) in Clearwater, Fla., a session will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, to provide a research update for individuals and families affected by myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD).

Companies Expand Development of Exon Skipping for DMD

Two pharmaceutical companies recently announced they are expanding their development and testing of exon-skipping drugs for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

CoQ10, Lisinopril Trial in DMD, BMD, LGMD2C-2F, LGMD2I

Researchers at five U.S. and one Canadian center are conducting a clinical trial of the medications coenzyme Q10 and lisinopril to determine their possible beneficial effects on heart function in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) and five forms of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD).

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