Genentech Announces New Data for Risdiplam in SMA

On Oct. 3, Genentech announced interim results from the dose-finding parts of the pivotal FIREFISH and SUNFISH studies investigating risdiplam (RG7916) in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Risdiplam is an investigational SMN2-splicing modifier that is given by mouth (or g-tube) and distributes widely throughout the body. Risdiplam is designed to help the SMN2 gene produce more . . .

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Clinical Trial Alert: Capricor Seeks Participants for a Phase 2 DMD Study

Researchers at Capricor Therapeutics are looking for ambulatory and non-ambulatory children and adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) to participate in a Phase 2 study. The goal of the study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of CAP-1002. Researchers hope that this therapy may slow disease progression in heart and skeletal muscle by modulating . . .

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The Changing Landscape of LGMD Research: A Conversation with MDA Scientific Portfolio Director Lianna Orlando

Sept. 30th is Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day, which celebrates individuals living with the more than 30 different subtypes of Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD). MDA has a long-standing commitment to LGMD — we’ve invested more than $59 million in LGMD-specific research since 1950, including more than $2.8 million in current active grants. MDA Scientific Portfolio . . .

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UC Davis Researchers Seek DMD Participants for Survey to Improve Clinical Trial Outcome Measurements

In order to develop better methods for capturing the perspective of individuals living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) during clinical trials, researchers at the University of California Davis Neuromuscular Research Center are seeking participants for an online survey to monitor movement and daily living abilities. The Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Life-Time Mobility Scale (DMD-LMS) is a . . .

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FDA Announces the Approval of TIGLUTIK, an Oral Suspension Form of riluzole, for the Treatment of ALS

On September 6th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of TIGLUTIK, an oral suspension form of riluzole for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). TIGLUTIK, marketed by ITF Pharma, the U.S. subsidiary of Italian specialty pharmaceutical company Italfarmaco, is an oral suspension formulation of riluzole, which has been available in . . .

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Three Major Patient Advocacy Groups Focused on CMT Research to Collaborate on FDA “Voice of the Patient Report” and Patient-Focused Meeting

In honor of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) Awareness Month, the Muscular Dystrophy Association joins the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA) and the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation (HNF) to host an externally led patient-focused drug development (PFDD) meeting for CMT. The PFDD meeting is being held on Friday, Sept. 28 at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Hyattsville, . . .

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MDA and Answer ALS Partner to Develop the Most Comprehensive ALS Dataset to Date

MDA recently announced that it has awarded a research infrastructure grant totaling $550,000 to Jeffrey Rothstein, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience and Director, Robert Packard Center for Answer ALS Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Answer ALS is a nationwide consortium assembling one of the most comprehensive clinical, genetic, molecular, and biochemical . . .

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Strength, Science, and Stories of Inspiration (SSSI) and MDA announce the second SSSI-MDA fellowship for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is pleased to announce that it is once again partnering with Strength, Science, and Stories of Inspiration (SSSI) to support the second SSSI-MDA fellowship. This fellowship, aimed at graduate students and postdoctoral fellows that already have salary support in their existing labs, will provide additional research funding to allow those individuals to . . .

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Sarepta Therapeutics Announces Clinical Hold of Phase 1/2a DMD Micro-Dystrophin Gene Therapy Trial

Late on Wednesday, Sarepta Therapeutics announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed a clinical hold on their Phase 1/2a Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Micro-Dystrophin Gene Therapy Trial due to contamination of the manufacturing lot with plasmid DNA. No safety issues were reported for participants in the trial. Sarepta has stated that they . . .

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MDA Funds Creation of Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Clinical Research Network to Speed Therapy Development

The Muscular Dystrophy Association recently awarded an MDA clinical research network grant to Nicholas Johnson, vice chair of research and associate professor of neurology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, to establish the Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD) Clinical Research Network. The investment, totaling $700,000 over two years, supports seven centers with expertise in LGMD research . . .

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