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  • MDA Awards Venture Philanthropy Grant to AcuraStem to Develop Novel Treatment for ALS

    NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded an MDA Venture Philanthropy (MVP) grant totaling $300,000 over two years to AcuraStem Incorporated to support preclinical development of a novel small molecule therapeutic for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The treatment has the potential to be transformative for a broad range of ALS patients. MVP grants are awarded to researchers developing therapeutics for neuromuscular diseases to help lower the barriers and bridge the high-risk stages of drug development.

  • Jiffy Lube® Annual MUSCLE UP!® Campaign Benefiting Muscular Dystrophy Association hits the $6 million mark

    CHICAGO, Nov. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) announced that Jiffy Lube service centers have raised more than $600,000 nationwide during its annual MUSCLE UP!® campaign, which ran throughout the month of August to support MDA. This year's campaign brings the total to an impressive $6 million raised for MDA over the course of the seven-year partnership between the two organizations.

  • Intersection between big data and therapeutic pipeline in neuromuscular disease will be life-changing for 250,000 patients and caregivers

    NEW YORK, Oct. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A new report funded by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and released by the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science indicates that genetic testing and breakthrough therapies will transform the diagnosis and care of neuromuscular disease within the next decade. The report, "Understanding Neuromuscular Disease Care," highlights current gaps in care and opportunities to optimize care and accelerate the emergence of new therapies.

  • The Muscular Dystrophy Association Celebrates 22 Years Of Annual New York Muscle Team Gala

    Landmark Event to Feature Exclusive, One-On-One, Fireside Chat with Derek Jeter

    NEW YORK, Oct. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) New York Muscle Team will host its 22nd annual Gala on Monday, December 3, 2018 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Cipriani Wall Street (55 Wall Street, New York, NY). This year's theme is "Dream Big" and includes the legendary Derek Jeter. Tickets are available now at http://bit.ly/MuscleTeamTix.

  • The Muscular Dystrophy Association Hosts 18th Annual Wings Over Wall Street Benefit Event for ALS

    Prominent members of the financial community raise funds to Unlock the Cure

    NEW YORK, Oct. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) will host its 18th annual Wings Over Wall Street benefit event, presented by IEX, on October 17, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the IAC Building (555 W. 18th Street, New York, NY). MDA is currently funding 47 active ALS grants and has 48 designated ALS clinics, providing services for 13,491 registered members with ALS.

  • The Muscular Dystrophy Association Names Adam Cotumaccio as Executive Vice President, Chief Impact and Philanthropy Officer

    NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) announced Adam Cotumaccio as executive vice president, chief impact and philanthropy officer, where he will lead the organization's strategic direction for all income generating activities.

    Cotumaccio reports to Lynn O'Connor Vos, president and chief executive officer of the MDA, and sits on the executive leadership team.