Neuromuscular Junction Diseases

Biobank Collecting Blood Samples for Neuromuscular Disease Research

People with genetic neuromuscular diseases who want to “do something for science” now have a way to do so, although they’re unlikely to ever know the results of their good deed.

Research Briefs: DMD, FA, DM, PM, IBM, MG, LEMS

Duchenne muscular dystrophy

MDA Awards More Than $14 Million in Research Grants

MDA has awarded 38 new research grants totaling more than $14 million and covering more than a dozen neuromuscular diseases. 

MDA's Board of Directors met in Los Angeles July 16, where it reviewed and approved the new grants based on recommendations from the MDA Scientific and Medical Advisory Committees. Grants were scored and recommended for approval based on the capabilities of the applicant, the scientific merit of the project, and the proposal's relevance to developing treatments for the disease. The effective start date for all grants was July 1, 2010.

It's Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month

In recognition of June being National Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month, Quest News Online is examining the disease from several perspectives. This article offers an overview of signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments for myasthenia gravis (MG), as well as some drugs for people with MG to avoid.

MDA Awards $21 Million for Research

In December 2009, MDA awarded $21 million in new research grants for neuromuscular disease research.

MDA's Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) meet each fall and spring to review applications for research grants. Applications are scored on the basis of the capabilities of the applicant, the scientific merit of the project, and the proposal's relevance to developing treatments for the diseases in MDA's program. MDA's Board of Directors then reviews the recommendations of the MAC and SAC.

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.

MG: Out of Place

Stepped-up production of fragments of acetylcholine receptors, the microscopic "landing pads" on muscle fibers that normally help process signals from the nervous system, may provoke the immune system and worsen myasthenia gravis (MG), new research shows.

In mice with an MG-like disease, these receptor fragments (which are proteins) are abundant but nonfunctional, and they end up in the wrong place in muscle fibers.

Out of Place

Stepped-up production of fragments of acetylcholine receptors, the microscopic "landing pads" on muscle fibers that normally help process signals from the nervous system, may provoke the immune system and worsen myasthenia gravis (MG), new research shows.

In mice with an MG-like disease, these receptor fragments (which are proteins) are abundant but nonfunctional, and they end up in the wrong place in muscle fibers.

DMD, MG Research: Spotlight on Prednisone

Some interesting findings about prednisone’s effect on behavior in DMD, and on drugs that may alter its usage in myasthenia gravis, were part of the 61st annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), held recently in Seattle.

DMD STUDY

Daily prednisone led to better behavior than weekly, high-dose prednisone

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