Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

MMD - Laura Ranum, Ph.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $415,092 over a period of three years to Laura Ranum, professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

The funds will help support Ranum's research into the role of a phenomenon called Repeat Associated Non-ATG translation (RAN translation) in myotonic dystrophy (MMD, or DM1).

MMD - Mani Mahadevan, M.D.

Mani Mahadevan, a professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville was awarded an MDA grant totaling $281,352 over a period of two years. The funds will help support Mahadevan's investigation into potential therapies for type 1 myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD1, or DM1).

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).

Congenital MMD1

Signs and Symptoms

When MMD symptoms manifest at birth, life-threatening complications ensue. However, once this critical period is past, improvement is likely during early childhood. Later, as a child approaches adolescence, it's likely that the symptoms of adult-onset MMD1 will appear.

Adult-Onset MMD1 and MMD2

Signs and Symptoms

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MDA Awards $13.7 Million in Research Grants

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded 40 research grants totaling $13.7 million to advance the understanding of disease processes and uncover new strategies for treatments and cures of muscular dystrophy and the more than 40 other diseases in the Association's program.

The new grants were recommended by MDA's Scientific and Medical Advisory Committees and approved by MDA's Board of Directors at its July 2011 meeting.

Untitled - Carol Bruins


Carol created this artwork at an MDA-sponsored art workshop held August 13, 1992, in Providence.  Her hobbies include reading, swimming, and bike riding.

Itchy Ear

Sarah created this artwork at age 13.  She enjoys MDA summer camp and taking voice lessons.  Sarah is serving as the 2002 MDA State Goodwill Ambassador for North Dakota.

Grandpas Pride

Lacy began painting in elementary school and has continued to enjoy creating artwork.  Her works have received awards in the Stanton Art Show.  Lacy is studying art, photography and illustration at Bismarck State College.  Her other interests include fishing, camping and reading.