Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

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.

Muscle Physiology - Chris Weihl, M.D., Ph.D.

Chris Weihl, assistant professor of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, was awarded an MDA grant totaling $397,064 over a period of three years. The funds will help support Weihl’s research into a process called autophagy in skeletal muscle.

CMD/LGMD - Jeffrey Miller, Ph.D.

MDA awarded a research grant totaling $343,860 over a period of three years to Jeffrey Boone Miller, senior scientist at Boston Biomedical Research Institute in Watertown, Mass., and associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

DD/LGMD - Robert Bloch, Ph.D.

MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $362,295 over a period of three years to Robert Bloch, a professor in the department of physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. The funds will help support Bloch's study of the role of a protein called dysferlin in type 2B limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD2B) and distal muscular dystrophy (DD, or Miyoshi myopathy).

CoQ10, Lisinopril Trial in DMD, BMD, LGMD2C-2F, LGMD2I

Researchers at five U.S. and one Canadian center are conducting a clinical trial of the medications coenzyme Q10 and lisinopril to determine their possible beneficial effects on heart function in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) and five forms of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD).

Jerry Mendell's Research Team Receives Award

A team headed by neurologist Jerry Mendell, a longtime MDA research grantee and director of the MDA Clinic at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, has received the prestigious Annals of Neurology prize for an outstanding contribution to clinical neuroscience.

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.

Dwain Smith


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Dwain Smith
Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

Wintertime Fun


Carla has been drawing since she was a child and especially enjoys creating cartoons, pictures of people and logos.  Her hobbies include reading, gardening and making hooked rugs.  This artwork was featured in the 2001 MDA Holiday Wishes card collection.