"The energy in the room was high, and the mood was optimistic," said Annie Kennedy, MDA's senior vice president of advocacy, speaking about the Congressional briefing on reauthorization of the MD-CARE Act that she attended and helped to organize. The briefing was co-hosted by MDA and other muscular dystrophy organizations in Washington, D.C., on Feb.
Interim results of a phase 2 clinical trial to test multiple doses of the experimental drug ISIS-SMNRx in infants with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) suggest that the drug is well-tolerated and may prolong ventilator-free survival.
Researchers funded in part by MDA have created a new research mouse (mouse "model") that they say is likely to speed investigations in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) and therapy development for this disease. It's expected to complement an existing FSHD mouse model.
Children and adolescents with Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy or Bethlem myopathy are invited to participate in a study of a daily breathing treatment regimen using a brand-name device called a CoughAssist.
Raising levels of the SMN protein, which is deficient in patients with the most common form of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), has been the holy grail of therapy for this disease since the 1990s and is the goal of several experimental compounds now in development.
The experimental drug ataluren, in development for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) or Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) caused by specific mutations in the gene for the dystrophin protein, will not receive conditional approval at this time from the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Ataluren's developer is requesting that the EMA re-examine the data.
MDA-supported investigators have designed two new compounds that precisely target the molecular defect that underlies type 2 myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD2, or DM2), based on atomic-level imaging studies of the defect, also conducted in their laboratory.