Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

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.

Weeping Willows

Chris, a self-taught artist, received an Associate of Arts Degree from Ozarks Technical Community College.  His paintings have been exhibited at several local businesses.  Chris enjoyed reading science fiction and creating artwork.


James studied design at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield University and the Creative Arts Workshop.  His computer art creations have appeared in the “National Association of Desktop Publishers Journal” and “Computer Graphics World” magazine.  In the summer of 1995 three of his prints, including "Woods," were exhibited at CompUSA on Fifth Avenue in New York.  This work was featured in the 1996 MDA Holiday Wishes card collection.

Untitled - Alex Villareal

Alex created this painting at age 15 at an MDA-sponsored children's art workshop held April 25, 1992, in San Antonio, Texas.  Alex received an art award while in junior high school.

The World in Chaos


Tomás created this artwork at age 10 in an MDA-sponsored workshop held at the Methodist Hospital in Houston.  He served as MDA’s National Goodwill Ambassador in 1995.  Tomás will complete a master’s degree in theology from the University of St. Thomas in Houston in December 2012.  He enjoys literature and writing.

The Raging River

David attended Clinton Community College in Clinton, Iowa.  He painted for several years and also enjoyed photography.  In high school, David was on the yearbook staff and a member of the National Honor Society.

The Happy Biker


David drew this picture at age 10 for an MDA fund-raising event held in 1998 in Deadwood, South Dakota, commemorating the 95th anniversary of Harley-Davidson. He enjoyed working on the computer.

The Dancing House


Alex created this painting at age 8 at an MDA-sponsored children's art workshop at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in June 1994.

The Tree


Jeff graduated from Johnson Community College with an associate’s degree in graphic design.  This artwork was featured in the 2003 MDA Holiday Wishes card collection.