Muscular Dystrophies

Induced Stem Cells Require Cautious Approach

Stem cells have been much in the news lately, including for neuromuscular diseases.

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.

Global CMD1C/LGMD2I Registry Opens

A new registry has been launched for people with conditions caused by mutations in the gene for fukutin-related protein (FKRP). This includes people with the type 2I form of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) and the type 1C form of congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD) and, in rare instances, the congenital muscular dystrophies muscle-eye-brain disease and Walker-Warburg syndrome.

Families and Experts Gather at 2011 BMD Conference

Community and empowerment were the themes of the third annual Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD) conference held at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on August 13, 2011.

Some 150 in-person attendees, and at least that many online attenders, engaged physicians, researchers, physical therapists and other BMD experts on a variety of topics, including the latest advances in research, medical management, physical therapy and clinical trials.

Return Me to My Special Place


Gene transformed his love of nature into intricately detailed wood carvings of wildlife.  For many years he had a gallery, "Waterfowl by Gene," in Stockton and was active in the city's Arts Council.

Prarie Road Homestead


Connie has been actively photographing landscapes and rural scenes for over 10 years and has won several awards for her outstanding photographic work.  This photo was taken along Prairie Road near Mountain Home, Idaho.  Descendants of the family that built this home still live in the area.

Bees On Sunflower


Connie has had many of her photos published by local media and has also won several awards for her outstanding work.  She attended Central Washington University for two years studying liberal arts.  Connie enjoys growing sunflowers, collecting rubber stamps and postcards.

DMD: Phase 2 Exon-Skipping Trial Launched

Updated: View MDA's video about the launch of the eteplirsen trial on YouTube.

Connie Prater


Boise, ID

Connie has had many of her photos published by local media and also has won several awards for her outstanding work. She attended Central Washington University for two years, studying liberal arts. Connie enjoys growing sunflowers, and collecting rubber stamps and postcards.

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Muscular Dystrophies