Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

Muscle Physiology — Masahiro Iwamoto, Ph.D., D.D.S.

Masahiro Iwamoto, research scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and associate professor of pediatric orthopedics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $405,000 over a period of three years to study new ways to reduce muscle degeneration.

MMD — Matthew Disney, Ph.D.

Matthew Disney, associate professor of chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla., was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $362,724 over a period of three years to test the ability of compounds he has developed to target the toxic RNA in myotonic dystrophy type 2 (MMD2, also known as DM2).

MDA Establishes Myotonic Dystrophy Clinical Research Network

MDA has launched a new, five-center clinical research network focused on type 1 and type 2myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD1 and MMD2, also known as DM1 and DM2), with the principal goal of preparing for testing of new MMD treatments as they become available.

Elizabeth Shirk

Elizabeth earned a degree in graphic art from San Diego State University. She first specialized in printmaking and received numerous awards for her works, including Best of Show. In 1990, Beth began working in watermedia, and she frequently had works in juried exhibitions. Her husband, Mike, also has paintings in the MDA Art Collection, and they both are members of the San Diego Watercolor Society.

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Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

IGF1 Shows Benefit in SBMA Mice

Mice with a disease resembling spinal-bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA, or Kennedy disease) that were treated with a compound based on insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) had better motor function, slower weight loss, healthier muscles and longer survival time than mice that received an inactive substance, an MDA-supported research team has reported.

MDA Commits $10.7 Million to Neuromuscular Disease Research

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded 33 new grants totaling $10,684,481 to fund research projects focused on uncovering the causes of, and developing therapies for, neuromuscular disease.

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 Aug. 1.

MMD — Charles Thornton, M.D.

Charles Thornton, professor of neurology at the University of Rochester in New York, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $308,935 over three years. The funds will help support Thornton's work to expedite the development of effective treatments for type 1 myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD, also known as DM).

MMD — Thurman Wheeler, M.D.

Thurman Wheeler, assistant professor in the department of neurology and Center for Neural Development & Disease at the University of Rochester, New York, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $396,000 over three years to identify potential therapies aimed either at slowing down the progression of muscle degeneration or improving muscle health in type 1 myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD1, or DM1).

Doctors Surprised By Which Symptoms Matter Most to Adults with MMD1, FSHD

Traditionally, outcome measures— the observations investigators make in a clinical trial to decide whether one treatment is better than another or better than a placebo — are determined by factors in a disease that are considered important by physicians and other professionals.

But in recent years, there has been increasing interest in finding out what matters most to people with the condition being studied.

'Gapmer Antisense' Stops Disease in MMD1 Mice

An experimental treatment for type 1 myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD1, or DM1) has corrected several aspects of the disease in an MMD1 mouse model.

A year after treatment with an experimental antisense oligonucleotide dubbed ASO 445236 ended, positive effects remained apparent in the mice.