Polymyositis (PM)

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.”

‘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.

Jim Heller

2012
Full name: 
Mr. Jim Heller
Artist: 
Jim Heller
Disease: 
Polymyositis (PM)
Medium: 
Watercolor

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.

Scenic Wonder

Murray took up painting in later life and employed an unusual method.  Resting his forearms against his legs, he grasped the brush with two hands and moved his legs from side to side.

Piraguas

Artist: 

Luis was an information analyst and enjoyed photography, computer graphics and working in mosaics.  This artwork, originally a photograph taken during a trip to Spain, combines several techniques to achieve the finished product.  Luis was a member of the MDA National Task Force on Public Awareness and received MDA’s Personal Achievement Award for the District of Columbia in 1998 and 2001.

Nina de Alicante

Artist: 

Luis was an information analyst and enjoyed photography, computer graphics and working in mosaics.  This artwork, originally a photograph taken during a trip to Spain, combines several techniques to achieve the finished product.  Luis was a member of the MDA National Task Force on Public Awareness and received MDA’s Personal Achievement Award for the District of Columbia in 1998 and 2001.

Chief Joseph

Artist: 

Jim worked many years as a commercial artist and had a degree in commercial and illustrative art.  In later years he concentrated on portraiture and fine art with western scenes as a main theme.  His work appeared in numerous magazines and galleries.  Jim enjoyed working in both oils and watercolors, and his paintings and prints are owned by collectors around the world.

Murray Bullock

Location

Mansfield, OH

Murray took up painting later in life and employed an unusual method. Resting his forearms against his legs, he grasped the brush with two hands and moved his legs from side to side.

Full name: 
Murray Bullock
Artist: 
Murray Bullock
Disease: 
Polymyositis (PM)
Medium: 
Oil

Luis Baez

Location

Washington, DC

Luis was an information analyst and enjoyed photography, computer graphics and working in mosaics. This artwork, originally a photograph taken during a trip to Puerto Rico, combines several techniques to achieve the finished product. Luis was a member of the MDA National Task Force on Public Awareness and received MDA’s Personal Achievement Award for the District of Columbia in 1998 and 2001.

Full name: 
Luis Baez
Artist: 
Luis Baez
Disease: 
Polymyositis (PM)
Medium: 
Mixed Media

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