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...
MDA-supported researcher Charles Gersbach and colleagues have developed a strategy to change dystrophin DNA that has shown promise in the lab
MDA research grantee Charles Gersbach, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Duke University, and colleagues, recently announced an advance in gene modification that could turn out to be a game-changer for boys and young men with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The team's results were published Feb.
This report on treatment development for Duchenne muscular dystrophy contains news about fighting fibrosis (scarring), treating DMD-related heart disease, exon skipping and the corticosteroid deflazacort
Development of treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) continues to advance. Many of the new investigational drugs are potentially applicable to all DMD patients, while a few target those with specific mutations in the dystrophin gene.
Boys with DMD continuously treated with eteplirsen for three years walked farther in six minutes than those receiving a placebo for the first six months
Boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) caused by specific genetic mutations who were treated with the experimental drug eteplirsen for 168 weeks (3.2 years) continued to show an advantage in the distance they were able to walk compared to those treated with the drug for only 144 weeks (2.8 years), although all boys had declined in walking distance since the start of this phase 2b trial of...
Stanford University is collecting samples of blood, muscle and other tissues from people with neuromuscular disorders for use in research
Ever wondered how someone with a neuromuscular disorder in his or her family might contribute to research efforts in this field?
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PTC Therapeutics has begun submitting an application for U.S. approval of Translarna (ataluren) for Duchenne MD; completion of the application is slated for late 2015
New Jersey-based PTC Therapeutics has begun submitting a rolling new drug application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the approval of its experimental drug for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) caused by specific flaws (mutations) in the dystrophin gene.