Myasthenia Gravis (MG)

MG — Jon Lindstrom

MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $450,000 over three years to Jon Lindstrom, professor of neuroscience and pharmacology at the Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The new funds will help support Lindstrom’s continued efforts to develop an immunosuppressive therapy for myasthenia gravis (MG).

MG — Pragna Patel

MDA has awarded a research grant totaling $121,139 to Pragna Patel, professor at the Institute for Genetic Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The new funds will help support Patel’s research aimed at determining the faulty gene responsible for myasthenia gravis (MG) in a particular family with the disease.

MG — Chi Wai Lee

MDA has awarded a research development grant totaling $180,000 over three years to Chi Wai Lee, postdoctoral fellow in the department of cell biology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. The grant will help support Lee’s research into therapeutic strategies to ameliorate the symptoms in myasthenia gravis (MG).

2012 AAN Meeting: Myasthenia Gravis Briefs

The 2012 annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, held in New Orleans April 21-28, included findings related to myasthenia gravis (MG).

Neuromuscular Disease Research Discussed at 2012 AAN Meeting

Top scientists and clinicians from around the world are discussing the latest research in neuroscience, and the care of individuals with nerve and muscle diseases, at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in New Orleans, April 21-28.

AAN Releases Guidelines for IVIG in Some Neuromuscular Diseases

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has released new guidelines on the use of a treatment called intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG) in various neuromuscular disorders.

MDA 2012 Conference Report: Genetics and Immunology Update

More than 500 physicians, allied health care professionals and MDA staff attended the MDA's 2012 Clinical Conference in Las Vegas, March 4-7.

The program emphasized:

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.

MG - Premkumar Christadoss, M.B.B.S.

Premkumar Christadoss, a professor in the department of microbiology and immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $390,000 over a period of three years to study the potential for gene therapy as a treatment in myasthenia gravis (MG).

Myasthenia Gravis Trials Now Open

Two clinical trials — one of an experimental medication and the other of a surgical procedure —  are available to people with myasthenia gravis (MG) who meet enrollment criteria.

CK-2017357 being tested at multiple centers