Other Myopathies

CNM/MTM Registry, World Map Seek Participants

A patient registry and world map of people with centronuclear myopathies (CNM), including myotubular myopathy (MTM), are being developed and are seeking participation from people with these disorders or their family members.

MDA Awards $8.5 Million to 31 Neuromuscular Disease Research Projects

In its summer 2013 round of research grant awards, the Muscular Dystrophy Association aims to catalyze research progress in a dozen neuromuscular diseases, with an eye toward applying that knowledge to related muscle diseases, as well.

“A large number of our grants are investigating new therapeutic technologies,” notes Jane Larkindale, MDA's vice president of research. “These are 'platform' technologies, where successes can be transferred well beyond the specific disease in which they are developed and tested.”

MTM: MDA Funds Development of Myotubularin-Based Treatment

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded $1,195,762 over two years to biotechnology company Valerion Therapeutics (formerly 4s3 Bioscience) for development of a treatment for myotubular myopathy (MTM).

Moving Toward 'Next-Generation' Gene Therapy

Planning for the next generation of gene and stem cell therapies for muscular dystrophies — even as the first generation is still under development — was the theme of a joint symposium sponsored by MDA and the Association Française Contre les Myopathies (French Association Against Myopathies, or AFM) at the 16th annual meeting of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT).

MTM Phone-Based 'Event' Study Now Open

The Myotubular Myopathy Event Study, a telephone-based survey, will gather information about MTM-associated events, such as emergency room visits, hospitalizations, medication reactions, and complications from medical procedures, as well as improved or declined motor and respiratory function.

‘Focused, Intense’ MDA Conference Advances Neuromuscular Disease Research

Turning neuromuscular disease research into treatments as quickly and effectively as possible was the overarching theme of dozens of formal presentations, nearly 200 scientific posters, and countless informal conversations at the MDA Scientific Conference, April 21-24.

A palpable sense of excitement pervaded the sold-out event thanks to the unprecedented number of experimental treatments in clinical trials for neuromuscular diseases, and the unique opportunity the conference provided for information-sharing and collaboration among scientific professionals from many disciplines.

MTM: Genetic Testing Study Open

Cure CMD, in collaboration with the Congenital Muscle Disease International Registry (CMDIR), Valerion Therapeutics (formerly 4s3 Bioscience), the University of Chicago, University of Michigan and Boston Children's Hospital, is sponsoring a study to conduct genetic testing in people who may have myotubular

MDA Scientific Conference To Emphasize Therapy Development

The Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual conference being held in Washington, D.C., on April 21-24, 2013, is centered on the theme Therapy Development for Neuromuscular Diseases: Translating Hope into Promise.

Research Briefs: DMD, Leigh Syndrome, MG, Periodic Paralysis, Pompe Disease

Drug development and identifying new leads for possible drug development are in the news for five neuromuscular diseases in MDA’s program.

Registry Seeks Participants with Congenital Muscle Disorders

An international patientregistry (database) is gathering information about children and adults with any form of congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD), a congenital myasthenic syndrome or a congenital myopathy (congenital muscle disease), with the goals of promoting research and improving care in these disorders.

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