General Research

Research and clinical trial updates

posted on July 14, 2015 - 3:03pm
Powerful Research MDA welcomes a neurological disease expert to the family

Progress in ALS research requires a free flow of information between MDA-supported laboratory investigators and leaders in the drug-development industry

posted on April 21, 2015 - 9:17am
Quest Spring 2015
ALS, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Lou Gehrig’s disease, is among the most feared diseases facing people in the U.S. and worldwide. In ALS, the motor neurons — the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord that control muscle action — mysteriously deteriorate, often within just a few years, leaving behind orphaned muscle fibers. Without signals from motor neurons, voluntary...

MDA's 2015 Scientific Conference points the way toward tomorrow's therapies

posted on April 21, 2015 - 9:07am
Quest Spring 2015
Last month, MDA brought together more than 400 of the nation’s leading scientists, researchers and professionals specializing in neuromuscular disease research and care at its 2015 Scientific Conference in Washington, D.C., March 11–14. This pre-eminent gathering, hosted every other year, was designed to accelerate discoveries and drug development for families fighting neuromuscular diseases.

Research updates and clinical trials information

posted on October 30, 2014 - 9:01am
Quest Fall 2014
What About My Disease? Readers sometimes wonder what’s happening with research for their diseases when they don’t see news about them for a while in the pages of Quest. But keep in mind: Research that seems to be for one disorder often has spillover implications for others.

An MDA-supported research team has found in animal experiments that plasmapheresis can reduce the number of unwanted antibodies to gene therapy delivery vehicles

posted on December 6, 2013 - 2:45pm
A research group supported in part by MDA has found that a blood-filtering strategy known as plasmapheresis looks promising as a way to help overcome one type of unwanted immune response to gene transfer therapy. Gene transfer therapy is the addition of therapeutic genes to treat disease, and it is often administered via transport vehicles made from viruses. Louis Chicoine at Nationwide Children'...

Investigators conducting an online survey to gather information from people with inclusion-body myositis report early results and ask a few more questions

posted on November 27, 2013 - 5:00am
Investigators conducting an online survey launched in January 2013 to gather anonymous information from people with inclusion-body myositis (IBM) are now reporting preliminary results and are asking the original respondents to complete a short supplementary survey.

A gene therapy method tested in human cells ‘significantly’ increased production of frataxin, the protein deficient in Friedreich's ataxia

posted on August 8, 2012 - 6:00am
Human cells treated with engineered transcription activation-like effector (TALE) proteins produced two to three times more frataxin protein than did control cells, a team of researchers has reported.

A new research mouse may speed development of treatments for McArdle disease, and a conference this August will focus on several glycogen storage diseases

posted on July 5, 2012 - 6:00am
New research mouse mimics McArdle disease Scientists in Spain have developed mice with a disorder that closely resembles the human metabolic muscle disorder known as McArdle disease (also called phosphorylase deficiency, myophosphorylase deficiency and glycogenosis type 5). The mice are expected to speed testing of treatments for this disorder.