Researcher with FSHD Awarded MDA Funding to Discover New Therapies for the Disease

Like many pre-medical students, Justin Cohen discovered along the way that what he really liked was research. However, unlike others who exchange the stethoscope for a microscope, Justin had a strikingly different motivating factor — he has been living with the disease he studies, facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), for almost as long as he can . . .

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MDA Awards Venture Philanthropy Funding to Locana to Develop Novel Treatment for DM

Today, MDA and Locana, a leading RNA-targeting gene therapy company, announced the award of an MDA Venture Philanthropy (MVP) grant totaling $550,000 to advance Locana’s development program for myotonic dystrophy (DM), the most common form of adult-onset muscular dystrophy. MVP is the MDA’s drug development program that is exclusively focused on funding the discovery and . . .

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FDA Approves PTC Therapeutics’ Emflaza for the Treatment of DMD in Patients Between 2 and 5 Years Old

On June 7, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Emflaza (deflazacort) to expand its labeling to include patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) who are between 2 and 5 years old. Emflaza was approved by the FDA in February 2017 for the treatment of DMD in patients 5 years and older, making it the first drug approved . . .

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FDA Approves AveXis’ Zolgensma for Treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy in Pediatric Patients

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovac-xioi), the first gene therapy for a neuromuscular disease. Zolgensma is a one-time intravenous (into the vein) infusion for the treatment of pediatric patients less than 2 years of age with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) with bi-allelic mutations in the survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene, . . .

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Do You Know ALS? Read About the Latest Research.

It’s a hard fact that only three medications have been approved to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in nearly 25 years. Fortunately, research in ALS has exploded in the past decade, and new technologies have enabled the development of gene-targeting therapies such as gene replacement, gene silencing, and gene editing. MDA has always been committed . . .

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2019 MDA Engage ALS Symposium Scheduled in Boston on May 18

At MDA, we believe in the power of research and the importance of building relationships among families, clinicians, and the scientists making discoveries to advance treatments and therapies. We invite individuals living with a neuromuscular disease, as well as caregivers and loved ones, to attend MDA Engage symposia taking place across the country. MDA Engage . . .

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FDA Approves Jacobus Pharmaceuticals’ Ruzurgi for Treatment of Children with Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome

On May 6, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of Ruzurgi (amifampridine) for the treatment of children with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) who are between 6 and 17 years of age. This is the second FDA-approved treatment for LEMS and the first approved treatment for pediatric LEMS patients. Ruzurgi is an oral potassium . . .

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2019 MDA Engage LGMD Symposium Scheduled in Richmond on May 18

At MDA, we believe in the power of research and the importance of building relationships among families, clinicians, and the scientists making discoveries to advance treatments and therapies. We invite individuals living with a neuromuscular disease, as well as caregivers and loved ones, to attend MDA Engage symposia taking place across the country. MDA Engage . . .

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Mouse Study Finds Link Between Key Mitochondrial Protein and CMT2A, Making It a Possible Therapeutic Target

In a study conducted in mice, scientists led by an MDA-funded researcher found that increasing the amount of a certain mitochondrial membrane protein, mitofusin-1 (MFN1), lessened symptoms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) type 2A. The findings suggest that it may be possible to treat CMT2A using gene-replacement therapies that deliver functional copies of missing or mutated . . .

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