Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

CMT Genetics Study Seeks Participants

Researchers supported in part by MDA are seeking people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) to participate in a study to identify genetic modifiers of the type 1A form of CMT (CMT1A) and determine previously unknown genetic causes of CMT.

Induced Stem Cells Require Cautious Approach

Stem cells have been much in the news lately, including for neuromuscular diseases.

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.

Untitled - Alan Pappalardo

Alan created this artwork at age eight at an MDA-sponsored children's art workshop held in May, 1992, at the Chicago Art Institute.  He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor of art’s degree in political science.  Alan enjoys music and attending concerts.


Christopher created this artwork at age 10 at an MDA-sponsored children's art workshop held May 13, 1995, at the Glassell Junior School of Art-Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  He won an Award of Excellence in 1995 for artwork and enjoys music and theater arts.


Jennifer worked in photography for many years and switched to painting when she became unable to handle large cameras.  She began painting in oils and currently works in soft pastels.  Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous shows in Colorado and Nebraska, and she has works in private collections.


Samuel created this artwork at age 7.  He served as the 1998 and 1999 MDA State Goodwill Ambassador for North Carolina.  Samuel’s favorite activities include reading and karate.

Sunset Under the Pier


Lynn has an associate’s degree from El Camino College in Torrance, Calif., and works fulltime in aerospace engineering.  She has been taking photos for five years and recently began painting.

Square Curly Ash Bowl


After retiring from a gunpowder manufacturing firm, Tom began to fine-tune his wood crafting skills.  Using a chainsaw, bandsaw, a lathe and disc sander, he has crafted thousands of bowls, vases, lamps and platters from hunks from wood.  Tom uses wood from oak, maple, cherry, and other local trees, and even has used wood he brought home from a trip to Australia.   Tom exhibits his works at two major shows a year in Delaware.

Star Team


Milda is an award-winning professional artist, designer and instructor.  This artwork was featured in the 1996 MDA “Holiday Wishes” card collection.  Milda has published two books of humorous drawings and illustrates children's books.  She has also taught art for 16 years.