Neuromuscular Junction Diseases

'Guided Missile' Strategy for MG Shows Promise in Mice

Researchers funded in part by MDA say a gene-based therapy designed to treat myasthenia gravis (MG) has shown promise in mice with an MG-like disease.

The research team was led by Dan Drachman, a longtime MDA research grantee at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, who also co-directs the MDA neuromuscular disease clinic at that institution. Drachman, a professor of neurology, has a special interest in MG, which is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease.

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.

Researchers Studying Children's Use of Mobility Devices

If you're the parent of a young child who uses a power mobility device, researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children — both in western Canada — are interested in hearing from you. The study is open to U.S. residents.

2012 AAN Meeting: Myasthenia Gravis Briefs

The 2012 annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, held in New Orleans April 21-28, included findings related to myasthenia gravis (MG).

Neuromuscular Disease Research Discussed at 2012 AAN Meeting

Top scientists and clinicians from around the world are discussing the latest research in neuroscience, and the care of individuals with nerve and muscle diseases, at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in New Orleans, April 21-28.

AAN Releases Guidelines for IVIG in Some Neuromuscular Diseases

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has released new guidelines on the use of a treatment called intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG) in various neuromuscular disorders.

MDA 2012 Conference Report: Genetics and Immunology Update

More than 500 physicians, allied health care professionals and MDA staff attended the MDA's 2012 Clinical Conference in Las Vegas, March 4-7.

The program emphasized:

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.

Jacobus Begins Invitation-Only Trial of 3,4-DAP in LEMS

Jacobus Pharmaceutical of Princeton, N.J., has opened a randomized, placebo-controlled study of the drug 3,4-diaminopyridine (3,4-DAP) in 30 adults with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) who have been receiving the drug through its expanded access program. Enrollment is by invitation only.

BioMarin Seeking US Approval of LEMS Drug

BioMarin Pharmaceutical of Novato, Calif., is conducting a multicenter study of 3,4-diaminopyridinephosphate (3,4-DAP), also known as amifampridine phosphate, in adults with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS).

There are eight U.S. trial sites, with additional sites planned for France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain.

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