Research and clinical trial updates
MDA welcomes two new muscle disease and ALS experts
As part of MDA’s bold plan to accelerate treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases, two new scientific program officers have joined the MDA family: Amanda Haidet-Phillips, Ph.D., and Laura Hagerty, Ph.D. Under the leadership of MDA Senior Vice President and Scientific Program Director Grace Pavlath, Ph.D., they will...
Reducing dynamin 2 protein levels benefited mice with a disorder mimicking human myobutular myopathy; the strategy could have implications for MTM and additional diseases
A French research team has found that reducing levels of a protein called dynamin 2 has potential as a strategy to treat myotubular myopathy (MTM), a form of centronuclear myopathy (CNM), and that it could have implications for other nerve and muscle disorders as well.
A study to determine the usual disease course of myotubular myopathy has sites in North America and France
Update (May 20, 2014): This story has been updated to reflect additional information received May 20, 2014, from Michelle Nelken at Valerion Therapeutics, including the joint sponsorship of this study by Valerion and Genethon.
Researchers funded in part by MDA found that a single blood-vessel injection of myotubularin genes markedly improved muscle abnormalities and survival in mice and dogs
Update (Feb. 3, 2014): The video from the University of Washington has been edited, and the link has been updated to reflect this.
Update (Jan. 27, 2014): MDA also supported Alan Beggs at Harvard University on this study. We regret not including this information intially.
A privacy-protected registry and global map using geographic tagging of people with centronuclear/myotubular myopathy is being developed to speed research
A patient registry and world map of people with centronuclear myopathies (CNM), including myotubular myopathy (MTM), are being developed and are seeking participation from people with these disorders or their family members.
An MDA-supported research team has added mutations in titin, a gene for a protein involved in muscle contraction, to the known causes of centronuclear myopathy
Researchers in the United States and France, supported in part by MDA, have established that mutations in the titin gene are a cause of centronuclear myopathy (CNM), a group of muscle disorders characterized by variable degrees of weakness and cell nuclei that are abnormally located toward the center of muscle fibers rather than around the perimeter.
50 women are needed to fill out a questionnaire about the effects of myotonia congenita and paramyotonia congenita on pregnancy and delivery — and vice versa
Upate (Dec. 18, 2013): This study of pregnancy and delivery in women with myotonias is no longer recruiting new participants. The investigators will continue to collect data forms from people with whom they are already in contact.
Investigators at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) are seeking participants for a questionnaire-based study of pregnancy and delivery in women with nondystrophic...