Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

Study Seeks Parents, Guardians of Young Children with Neuromuscular Disease

The National Institute of Nursing Research, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md., is seeking parents or guardians of children from birth through age 5 with a neuromuscular disease for a study to develop a questionnaire about motor function in young children.

MDA Awards $8.5 Million to 31 Neuromuscular Disease Research Projects

In its summer 2013 round of research grant awards, the Muscular Dystrophy Association aims to catalyze research progress in a dozen neuromuscular diseases, with an eye toward applying that knowledge to related muscle diseases, as well.

“A large number of our grants are investigating new therapeutic technologies,” notes Jane Larkindale, MDA's vice president of research. “These are 'platform' technologies, where successes can be transferred well beyond the specific disease in which they are developed and tested.”

CMD, LGMD: New Light Shed on Sugar-Coating Process

Glycosylation — "sugar-coating" — of the muscle protein alpha-dystroglycan is known to be a crucial part of muscle function.

Without sufficient glycosylation, alpha-dystroglycan doesn't stick well to other proteins, and an important linkage between muscle fibers and their surroundings is disrupted.

DMD — Rachelle Crosbie-Watson, Ph.D.

Rachelle Crosbie-Watson, professor of neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $300,000 over a period of three years to study whether increasing levels of the sarcospan protein can be therapeutic for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and other muscle diseases.

LGMD/Miyoshi Myopathy — Jyoti Jaiswal, Ph.D.

Jyoti Jaiswal, associate professor at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and investigator at Children’s Research Institute in Washington, D.C., was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $300,000 over a period of three years to evaluate whether a new anti-inflammatory compound can reduce muscle damage in dysferlinopathies.

DMD: 'Permanent' Gene Repair Strategy Looks Good in Lab

Permanent repair of a faulty gene has long been a goal of researchers working to develop gene-based therapies. But many current gene modification strategies that have entered clinical trials have been based on temporary forms of gene correction — treatments that will need to be given frequently throughout a person's life.

MD Briefs: Registries Are Still Open

FSHD, MMD: Registry remains open

The University of Rochester Medical Center in New York state would like to remind people with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) or myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD, or DM), and their families, about its registry to advance research in these two disorders.

‘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.

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.

Strong Community Support Essential to Passage of Critical Muscular Dystrophy Legislation

Note: The MD CARE Act is a critical part of the historic effort to find cures for muscular dystrophies. Watch for articles in the coming weeks that delve further into the remarkable progress attributable to this important legislation.

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