Endocrine Myopathies

New Forms of Genetic Testing Improve Diagnosis, Raise Questions

“Knowing, if not all, is almost all,” said Matthew Harms, a neurologist and neurophysiologist from Washington University in St. Louis, in his presentation on genetic testing for neuromuscular disorders at the 2014 MDA Clinical Conference, held in Chicago March 16-19.

Owl Team Six


Yvonne began concentrating on photography in 2002, and her works have received several awards. This photo was taken as a 'screen shot' from her laptop computer. The owlets were hatched in an owl box in a backyard in Oceanside, Calif., in the spring of 2011. The box is fitted with a camera which streams live activities of the owls. Yvonne serves as a volunteer on a chat room which provides information about barn owls to classrooms.

‘Focused, Intense’ MDA Conference Advances Neuromuscular Disease Research

Turning neuromuscular disease research into treatments as quickly and effectively as possible was the overarching theme of dozens of formal presentations, nearly 200 scientific posters, and countless informal conversations at the MDA Scientific Conference, April 21-24.

A palpable sense of excitement pervaded the sold-out event thanks to the unprecedented number of experimental treatments in clinical trials for neuromuscular diseases, and the unique opportunity the conference provided for information-sharing and collaboration among scientific professionals from many disciplines.

Registry Seeks Participants with Congenital Muscle Disorders

An international patientregistry (database) is gathering information about children and adults with any form of congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD), a congenital myasthenic syndrome or a congenital myopathy (congenital muscle disease), with the goals of promoting research and improving care in these disorders.

New Guidelines on Genetic Testing in Children

As scientists learn more about what our DNA can tell us about health and disease, public interest has intensified and genetic testing has become increasingly common. In response, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) have released new guidelines to address updated technologies and new uses of genetic testing and screening in children.

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.

When I Grow Up

Marianna created this artwork at age eight and won numerous awards for her drawings, including being chosen in a national contest for a calendar.  She liked animals a lot and usually used them in her work.

Welcoming Lucia

MaryAnn is an award-winning professional artist and retired public school educator.  Her works have been exhibited in numerous juried shows in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York City.  This artwork was featured in the 2001 MDA Holiday Wishes card collection.

Water Lily Study II


Jay received a master’s degree in studio art from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. in 2003. His works have been shown in galleries and other venues in St. Louis and Houston, TX.  This photograph of Vietnamese water lilies was taken at the St. Louis Botanical Gardens.  It was then scanned and manipulated to create the final piece.

The Marble Table, Herculaneum

MaryAnn has a bachelor’s degree in art education from Edinboro University (Pa.) and a master’s degree in education from Trenton State College (N.J.).  She spent 28 year as a public school educator.  MaryAnn also participated in an artist/teaching exchange with the University of Costa Rica in San Jose.  Her works have been exhibited and won awards in numerous juried shows in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York City.