Silvere van der Maarel

MDA-supported researchers have found that mutations in the SMCHD1 gene can lead to type 2 facioscapulohumeral MD, with implications for diagnosis and treatment

posted on November 12, 2012 - 5:00am
Update (Nov. 14, 2012): This story has been updated to reflect information about genetic testing.

New findings show abnormally activated parts of a gene called DUX4 may underlie FSH dystrophy

posted on August 27, 2009 - 11:45am
An MDA-supported team of scientists in the United States and the Netherlands has uncovered new leads about the origins of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), a disease whose biochemical underpinnings have proved elusive to scientists despite years of investigation.

An antibody from llamas, tested in fruit flies, holds promise as a treatment for OPMD

posted on March 26, 2009 - 9:00pm
Scientists in France and the Netherlands recently announced they've identified a promising new strategy that could potentially become a therapy for oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD), a form of MD that primarily weakens the eyelid and throat muscles and also can affect muscles in the limbs. The strategy involves using an antibody (immune-system protein) derived from llamas. The antibody...