Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

NIAMS Establishes MD Research Center

A Center for Research Translation of Systemic Exon Skipping in Muscular Dystrophy has been established by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

PTC Remains Committed to Ataluren for Nonsense-Mutation DMD/BMD

Update (July 25, 2012): This story was updated to reflect the fact that PTC has announced its intention to begin an open-label trial of ataluren in DMD/BMD for former ataluren trial participants in Europe, Israel and Australia.

MDA Awards $13.7 Million in Research Grants

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded 40 research grants totaling $13.7 million to advance the understanding of disease processes and uncover new strategies for treatments and cures of muscular dystrophy and the more than 40 other diseases in the Association's program.

The new grants were recommended by MDA's Scientific and Medical Advisory Committees and approved by MDA's Board of Directors at its July 2011 meeting.

Families and Experts Gather at 2011 BMD Conference

Community and empowerment were the themes of the third annual Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD) conference held at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on August 13, 2011.

Some 150 in-person attendees, and at least that many online attenders, engaged physicians, researchers, physical therapists and other BMD experts on a variety of topics, including the latest advances in research, medical management, physical therapy and clinical trials.

The Swing


Tommy began creating art in childhood.  He has a bachelor’s degree from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore.  Tommy’s work has been exhibited at jazz festivals, museums and galleries throughout the country.  His subjects cover a wide range from the beauty and gracefulness of ballerina’s to the speed and power of horse racing, and also captures the essence of some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians.

Swing Batta Batta Swing

Daniel created this artwork at age 14 at an MDA sponsored Bilingual Seminar in Houston.

Radnor Lake


Jim received numerous awards for his artwork, including the Mayor's Artist of the Year Award in 1988.  His work has been displayed in several galleries throughout Tennessee.


Dean graduated from Southwest State University in Marshall.  His paintings have been seen in numerous galleries and exhibits as well as the governor's residence.  Dean used both thick and thin paint to create contrast in his works.

Cuddly Christmas Bear


Shane created this artwork as a school project at age 7.  He painted with acrylics on the reverse side of acetate paper.  Shane served as the 2004 and 2005 MDA Rhode Island State Goodwill Ambassador.

Contellation Gemini

Nick created this artwork at age nine in an MDA-sponsored children's art workshop held at the Detroit Institute of Art.  He has served two terms as MDA’s Michigan State Goodwill Ambassador.