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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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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Trial to Test MG Drug UCB7655 Seeks Participants

Researchers are looking for people with myasthenia gravis (MG) to participate in a multinational phase 2A clinical trial to evaluate the safety, tolerability and effectiveness of the investigational drug UCB7665. UCB7665, under development by UCB Pharma, is administered via subcutaneous (under-the-skin) injection and is designed to reduce the severity of muscle weakness and fatigue in . . .

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Santhera Seeks Participants for DMD Study, Makes Available EAP and Online DMD Resource

With a focus on respiratory care in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), Santhera Pharmaceuticals has made available new resources for individuals with the disease. In addition, the company is seeking individuals to participate in a phase 3 clinical trial to test a respiratory drug in people with DMD. SIDEROS trial seeks participants Researchers are looking for . . .

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MDA and ALS ONE Work to Advance ALS Biomarker Research

MDA has awarded a human clinical trial grant totaling $750,000 to ALS ONE to explore the potential for a type of imaging called positron emission tomography (PET) to measure inflammation in the brain that could serve as a biomarker for ALS. ALS ONE is an alliance between four institutional leaders in ALS treatment development: Massachusetts . . .

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13 New MDA Grants Totaling $2.6 Million Push for More Progress

MDA has announced the award of 13 new grants totaling $2.6 million as part of its continued commitment to finding treatments and cures for the diseases in its program. Each of the 13 new grants funds a project that aims to increase our understanding of the causes or underlying mechanisms of neuromuscular disease or potential . . .

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Encouraging Results in Phase 1 CALLISTO Trial to Test Omigapil in CMD

A phase 1 trial to test omigapil in congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD) conducted at the National Institutes of Health is complete and data indicate it met its primary objective. Results from the trial, also known as CALLISTO, show a favorable pharmacokinetic profile of omigapil and demonstrated that the drug was safe and well-tolerated in children and . . .

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