Editor's note (Oct. 26, 2012): This story has been modified to note that it's possible for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to give conditional approval to a promising rare-disease drug prior to a larger confirmatory trial being performed.
Inflammation— the immune system's first line of defense in tissue that's been damaged by injury or infection — is a good example of a process that's a good thing up to a point and under certain circumstances and a bad thing in excess or under the wrong circumstances.
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.
Exon skipping is an experimental therapeutic strategy in which regions — exons— of a gene are targeted and blocked ("skipped") by laboratory-designed molecules. The goal is that the remaining genetic instructions will lead to production of a shorter but still-functional protein.
MDA is conducting a survey designed to assess the experiences of parents in the United States whose babies underwent newborn screening at the time of birth, with an eye toward the future possibility of newborn screening tests being recommended for certain neuromuscular diseases in which therapy development is advancing
New Jersey biopharmaceutical company PTC Therapeutics recently declared its intention to do whatever it takes — including an additional clinical trial — to seek approval for ataluren (formerly PTC124) as a treatment for Duchenne
Phrixus Pharmaceuticals in Ann Arbor, Mich., reported July 19, 2012, that its experimental drug Carmeseal demonstrated a beneficial effect on the diaphragm (the primary breathing muscle) in mice with a disease resembling
Eplerenone, a drug commonly used to prevent scarring after a heart attack, is being tested in a phase 2-3 clinical trial to determine whether it can stop or slow heart damage in people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).
An experimental drug called RTC13, designed to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) by restoring production of the muscle protein dystrophin, has shown promise in experiments in dystrophin-deficient mice that have a DMD-like disease.
Enhancing collaboration and transfer of technology between academia and industry was the subject of MDA's recent Translational Research Symposium, one of a series of four MDA-sponsored research symposia scheduled in 2012.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded $1,549,725 to ReveraGen BioPharma, a Rockville, Md., biotechnology company, for development of a dissociative glucocorticoid to treat Duchenne muscular dyst