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Sarepta Reports Positive Preliminary Findings in DMD Gene Therapy Trial

This week, Sarepta Therapeutics announced encouraging preliminary results from a phase 1/2a gene therapy trial designed to assess the investigational drug AAVrh74.MHCK7.micro-Dystrophin in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). After 90 days in the trial, the first three participants all showed robust expression of micro-dystrophin — a shortened version of the protein that is absent . . .

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With MDA Support, Clinical Research Network is Expediting the Development of New Therapies for FSHD

The Muscular Dystrophy Association recently awarded an MDA clinical research network grant to develop and maintain a core facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) Clinical Trial Research Network (CTRN). The investment, totaling $1.2 million over three years, supports seven medical centers that specialize in FSHD research and clinical care and is targeted to spur advances in FSHD . . .

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Amicus Therapeutics Seeks Participants for Observational Pompe Disease Study

Researchers at Amicus Therapeutics are looking for participants with late-onset Pompe disease who are being treated with enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) to participate in an observational study. The study is designed to help researchers evaluate the change in muscle function and respiratory endpoints over approximately nine to 12 months. During that time, participants will have . . .

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Trial to Test Firdapse in MG Seeks Participants

Researchers are looking for people with myasthenia gravis (MG) to participate in a phase 3 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the investigational drug amifampridine phosphate (brand name Firdapse). Effects of the drug will be assessed in individuals with muscle-specific kinase (MuSK) antibody positive MG and in a smaller group with acetylcholine . . .

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MLB Player Rhys Hoskins Hits One Home for MDA

Since his call-up to the Philadelphia Phillies in August 2017, Rhys Hoskins has taken Major League Baseball by storm. A prolific hitter, Rhys burst onto the scene late last summer with a home run barrage that made national news and shattered rookie records along the way. In just 10 months he has become the face . . .

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Trial to Test Drug Targeting Muscle Cramps in CMT Seeks Participants

Researchers are looking for people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) to participate in a phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the investigational drug FLX-787-ODT. FLX-787-ODT, under development by Flex Pharma, is taken in tablet form and is designed to reduce muscle cramps in adults with CMT. Trial length is approximately three . . .

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