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...
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?
Research updates and clinical trials information
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.
Researchers at the University of Michigan are conducting an anonymous, online survey to probe patients' impressions of the impact of their neuromuscular conditions
Update May 21, 2014: According to investigator Sindhu Ramchandren, 922 people had responded to this survey as of May 19, 2014. The study was closed to new participants at 5 p.m. EDT that day. At the investigator's request, the link to the online survey has been removed. Results will be announced when they become available...
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.
This first of a series of three stories covering the 2014 MDA Clinical Conference discusses implications of new types of genetic testing
“Knowing, if not all, is almost all,” said Matthew Harms, a neurologist and neurophysiologist from Washington University in St. Louis, in his presentation on genetic testing for neuromuscular disorders at the 2014 MDA Clinical Conference, held in Chicago March 16-19.
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.