Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy (EDMD)

EDMD/LGMD/CMT — Yosef Gruenbaum, Ph.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $300,009 over three years to Yosef Gruenbaum, professor and elected chairman at the Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in Israel.

EDMD — Ji-Yeon Shin

MDA awarded $180,000 to Ji-Yeon Shin, a research scientist at Columbia University Medical Center, New York, for continued study of the molecular mechanisms that underlie Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy (EDMD).

"EDMD is an inherited disease of skeletal muscle and heart. Although diagnosis has been improved by the discovery of the most common genetic mutations that cause EDMD, we still have a poor understanding of how these mutations cause muscular dystrophy," Shin said.

EDMD — Howard Worman

MDA awarded a grant totaling $310,893 to Howard Worman, professor of medicine and pathology, and cell biology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, for research into treatments that target the underlying cellular disease process responsible for heart damage, or "cardiomyopathy," in people with Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy (EDMD).

Podcast: Howard Worman Discusses Research Related to Heart Disease in EDMD and LGMD1B

Recently, MDA grantee Howard Worman at Columbia University, and colleagues, published encouraging results about the effects of a drug called selumetinib on the hearts of mice with a genetic mutation that's found in a form of Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy (EDMD)

Selumetinib Helps Heart in EDMD Mice

Update (June 1, 2012): This story was updated to include the availability of a podcast on this topic.

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.

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MDA Commits $12 Million to Neuromuscular Disease Research

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded 38 new grants totaling more than $12 million to fund research projects focused on its continuing mission to uncover the causes of, and develop therapies for, the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases in its program.

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 Feb. 1.

Cell Therapy - Ilona Skerjanc, Ph.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $280,487 over a period of two years to Ilona Skerjanc, a professor in the department of biochemistry, microbiology & immunology at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.

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.