Muscular Dystrophies

MDA Scientists Win Federal Stimulus Grants for Neuromuscular Disease Research

At least 15 Muscular Dystrophy Association research grantees, past and present, have won funding from the National Institutes of Health through the American Recovery and Revitalization Act (ARRA) to accelerate the search for treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases.

DMD Idebenone Trial

This story was updated 11/9/10 with contact information for this trial and information about clinical trials in general.

Pediatric Neurologist Richard Finkel, co-director of the MDA neuromuscular disease clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, will be the lead investigator for the North American arm of a large international trial with idebenone in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

Mentoring with Love

Steve Smith isn’t a big guy, except where it counts the most: in his heart.

No one knows that better than 12-year-old Jesse, Smith’s Little Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin, which operates in and around De Pere where they live.

The two have been best buddies for more than four years, and Smith obviously is doing something right, because his Big Brothers Big Sister chapter recently named him its Big Brother of the Year.

DMD, BMD Research: Utrophin from Obesity Drug?

An experimental drug being developed to treat obesity and high blood lipid (fat) levels also may have promise for the treatment of Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies, according to new, MDA-supported research from the University of Ottawa.

MDA grantee Bernard Jasmin and graduate student Pedro Miura coordinated and led the study team, which published results online Sept. 10, 2009, in Human Molecular Genetics.

Obesity Drug Increases Utrophin

An experimental drug being developed to treat obesity and high blood lipid (fat) levels also may have promise for the treatment of Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies, according to new, MDA-supported research from the University of Ottawa.

MDA grantee Bernard Jasmin and graduate student Pedro Miura coordinated and led the study team, which published results online Sept. 10, 2009, in Human Molecular Genetics.

DMD Research: Diagnostic Delays Common

A study that analyzed medical records from four U.S. states has found that the average time between symptom onset and diagnosis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is 2.5 years, an interval that hasn't changed in two decades.

This delay in identification postpones treatment that can slow the progression of the disease and results in lost opportunities for genetic counseling of parents.

FSHD: Abnormal Activation

An MDA-supported team of scientists in the United States and the Netherlands has uncovered new leads about the origins of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), a disease whose biochemical underpinnings have proved elusive to scientists despite years of investigation.

Abnormal Activation

An MDA-supported team of scientists in the United States and the Netherlands has uncovered new leads about the origins of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), a disease whose biochemical underpinnings have proved elusive to scientists despite years of investigation.

Lack of understanding of the mechanisms involved in FSHD has impeded treatment development, a phase of research that generally moves forward after disease mechanisms have been described.

Congenital MD Meeting

A conference for families affected by congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD) is taking place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15-16, 2009, at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, under the sponsorship of Cure CMD.

The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time and will be available through the Internet.

Iplex on Hold

The Richmond, Va., biopharmaceutical company Insmed announced July 27, 2009, that it will not supply its experimental drug Iplex to any new patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for the foreseeable future, and that it intends to analyze the available data on Iplex for ALS and type 1 myotonic dystrophy (MMD1, or DM1) before deciding whether to proceed with development of the drug for either dise

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