Muscular Dystrophies

DMD: Eteplirsen Results Very Encouraging at 48 Weeks

Editor's note (Oct. 3, 2012): Please read A Closer Look at the 48-Week Eteplirsen Trial Results for a more in-depth discussion of the phase 2b trial in boys with Duchenne MD.

Study of Tadalafil in BMD Revised, Reopened

Update (Nov. 9, 2012): This story has been updated to reflect that recruitment for this study ends Dec. 31, 2012.

An MDA-supported, short-term trial of the vasodilating drug tadalafil (Cialis) in teens and men with Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) has undergone some minor restructuring and is now open to 12 additional participants.

Study Recruiting People with LGMD2B or Miyoshi Myopathy

A new, multinational study of type 2B limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD2B) and Miyoshi myopathy— both of which result from mutations in the gene for the muscle protein dysferlin and are known as dysferlinopathies or dysferlin deficiency — is inviting people with either disorder to participate.

MDA Muscle Symposium: Newborn Screening in DMD

Update (Feb. 8, 2013): Longtime MDA grantee Jerry Mendell, who directs the Center for Gene therapy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, published Report of MDA Muscle Disease Symposium on Newborn Screening for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in Muscle & Nerve, Feb. 8, 2013.

DMD Briefs: Stopping Inflammation on Earth and in Space

Inflammation— the immune system's first line of defense in tissue that's been damaged by injury or infection — is a good example of a process that's a good thing up to a point and under certain circumstances and a bad thing in excess or under the wrong circumstances.

IGF1 Shows Benefit in SBMA Mice

Mice with a disease resembling spinal-bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA, or Kennedy disease) that were treated with a compound based on insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) had better motor function, slower weight loss, healthier muscles and longer survival time than mice that received an inactive substance, an MDA-supported research team has reported.

BMD Conference Videos Cover Health Care, Research and Daily Living

Videos of the entire MDA-sponsored Becker Muscular Dystrophy Conference, held in Chicago on Aug. 11, 2012, are now archived on the Conference video page.

Sarepta Issues ‘Open Letter’ Explaining Development of Eteplirsen for DMD

In July 2012, Sarepta Therapeutics announced encouraging interim results for its phase 2b trial of eteplirsen, an experimental exon-skipping drug in development to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) caused by specific mutations in the dystrophin gene.

MDA Applauds Congress for Including Two Neuromuscular Diseases in Pediatric Research Bill

In July, days before the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate went into recess, bipartisan legislation was introduced in both houses to strengthen research into pediatric diseases.

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.

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