September 9, 2015 Background: On the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 9, a hit-and-run driver tragically struck Lansing, Mich. Local 421 fire fighter Dennis Rodeman during an MDA Fill the Boot drive. He later died at a local hospital as a result of the injuries he suffered. Police have apprehended the man driving the vehicle and . . .
Alliance is part of an MDA initiative to establish new collaborative partnerships CHICAGO, September 2, 2015 – The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) today announced a partnership that will pave the way for advancements in Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) research, therapeutic development and clinical care, thus deepening understanding of the . . .
By Laura Hagerty, Ph.D., MDA’s DMD Scientific Program Officer On September 7, 2015, MDA will rally alongside our Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) community — kids, adults, families, caregivers and others — as we recognize World Duchenne Awareness Day. And as we move toward that day, there’s a palpable feeling of excitement in the air. For . . .
By Amanda M. Haidet-Phillips, Ph.D., MDA’s ALS Scientific Program Officer As the month of August comes to an end, and the 2015 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with it, I want to share with you some exciting new research news. MDA has announced the award of 36 new research and development grants, totaling nearly $10 million, . . .
CHICAGO, August, 27, 2015 — Prominent business and community leaders from across the country have been appointed to the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Board of Directors. As members of the board, these 20 men and women will volunteer assistance and counsel to support MDA’s mission to fund lifesaving research, provide comprehensive care through its services and . . .
Record-breaking interest highlights progress, desire to find breakthroughs across diseases CHICAGO, August 25, 2015 – Powered by its big-picture perspective to accelerate treatments and cures across the broad spectrum of neuromuscular diseases, MDA today announced the award of $10 million in new research grants to the world’s brightest scientists conducting leading-edge discovery for muscular dystrophy, ALS and . . .
Background: Sarepta announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted its New Drug Application (NDA) for eteplirsen to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Eteplirsen is an “exon-skipping” drug that targets a section of DNA called exon 51, and may help up to 13 percent of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) patients. Exon . . .
Following a pre-NDA meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Marathon Pharmaceuticals has announced that it will begin the New Drug Application (NDA) process for deflazacort as a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Marathon expects to submit the NDA in the first quarter of 2016. If the application is approved, the company . . .
Statement from MDA Executive Vice President and Chief Medical and Scientific Officer Valerie A. Cwik, M.D.: “We couldn’t be more pleased for our families affected by hyperkalemic and hypokalemic periodic paralysis, as the first treatment for these diseases has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is expected to be available in . . .
CHICAGO, July 31, 2015 —The 2015 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge will officially get underway today at Fenway Park in Boston, when Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox honor Ice Bucket co-founders Pat Quinn and Pete Frates, the ALS community and Lou Gehrig’s legacy by taking the challenge. MLB is donating $100,000 to further . . .