Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

CMT — Thien Nguyen, M.D., Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $420,000 over three years to Thien Nguyen, assistant professor in the department of neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. The new funds will help support Nguyen’s research into the breakdown of peripheral nerves (nervous tissue that connects the spinal cord with muscles and sensory organs) in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT).

SMA Research Briefs: New Gene ID'd, Disease Modifier Explored

Below are highlights of two recent studies in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a disease in which the nerve cells (motor neurons) that control muscles in the spinal cord die, causing progressive weakness in the voluntary muscles.   

Decision Making About PGD Is Complex, Study Finds

Decision making about preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a complex, multiphase process for couples, a new study has found. Understanding it, the investigators say, may be helpful to prospective parents who know they're at risk for transmitting a genetic disorder, and to the professionals who advise them.

Research Briefs: New Tools for CMT

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) is a peripheral nerve disorder that can be caused by mutations in more than 50 different genes. Recent research has resulted in several new tools that will help advance the work of researchers in this field.

MDA 2012 Conference Report: Best Practices

Several experts presented their views of "best practices" for care of people with neuromuscular disorders at MDA's 2012 Clinical Conference, held in Las Vegas March 4-7.

Many questions remain about optimal care in these disorders, but it's clear that attention to heart and respiratory function are of paramount importance.

This article looks at:

MDA 2012 Conference Report: Genetics and Immunology Update

More than 500 physicians, allied health care professionals and MDA staff attended the MDA's 2012 Clinical Conference in Las Vegas, March 4-7.

The program emphasized:

Untitled - Lisa Booth-Henry

Lisa graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a degree in education and teaches preschool children.

Self-Portrait - Heather Harrelson

Heather created this painting at age 16 at an MDA-sponsored children's art workshop.  She graduated from St. Thomas Episcopal High School and attended college in Houston.

Self-Portrait - Milda Vizbar


Milda is an established artist and designer whose work has been used on greeting cards.  She's published two books of humorous drawings and illustrates children's books.  Milda has taught art for 16 years.

3 Cottages in Saints-Marie

Haleigh served as the MDA National Goodwill Ambassador in 1968-69.  Her mother was an artist and encouraged Haleigh in art as a child.  When the effects of the CMT caused a loss of dexterity in her hands, she was inspired to create artwork using computer programs.  Haleigh has exhibited works in galleries in the Royal Oak area.