Congenital Myasthenic Syndromes (CMS)

CMS — Michael Linhoff, Ph.D.

Michael Linhoff, a postdoctoral fellow at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Ore., was awarded an MDA development grant totaling $119,944 over a period of two years to study neuromuscular junction defects in congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS).

MDA Commits $10.7 Million to Neuromuscular Disease Research

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.

CMS — Paul Brehm, Ph.D.

Paul Brehm, senior scientist at Oregon Health Science University in Portland, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $351,648 over three years to study the underlying mechanisms of movement disorders in some forms of congenital myasthenic syndromes (CMS).

CMS — Michael Francis

Michael Francis, associate professor in the department of neurobiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, received an MDA grant totaling $330,000 for research into effects on the connection between nerve and muscle known as the neuromuscular junction, or NMJ, in congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS).

BioMarin Seeking US Approval of LEMS Drug

BioMarin Pharmaceutical of Novato, Calif., is conducting a multicenter study of 3,4-diaminopyridinephosphate (3,4-DAP), also known as amifampridine phosphate, in adults with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS).

There are eight U.S. trial sites, with additional sites planned for France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain.

Albuterol Improved Quality of Life in Two Forms of CMS

Researchers have found that the drug albuterol appears to be beneficial in two forms of congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS)— CMS related to mutations in the collagen Q (colQ) gene and CMS related to mutations in the DOK7 gene.

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.

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