Robert Griggs, a professor of neurology at the University of Rochester in New York state, received an MDA grant of $237,316 over three years to cover travel costs for North American participants in a clinical trial of prednisone and deflazacort, two corticosteroid drugs used to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The average participant and his parent or guardian will have to stay overnight near the trial site to complete all procedures at each visit — a considerable expense for many families.
In an attempt to balance the side effects and benefits of corticosteroids for DMD, multiple dosing regimens have been in use. This multinational trial, known as FOR-DMD, will compare the three most widely used regimens of two corticosteroids to determine the optimal dosing schedule.
To learn more, read MDA Grant Will Help Families in DMD Steroid Study.