Muscular Dystrophy Association Awards 18 Grants Totaling Over $1.6 Million for Neuromuscular Disease Research

On Oct. 28, 2021 the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) announced the awarding of 18 new grants totaling over $1.6 million toward neuromuscular disease (NMD) research. These new grants represent a continued commitment by MDA to fund groundbreaking research that will one day lead to treatments and cures for the diseases in its program. The newly . . .

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It’s Open Enrollment Season. Here’s what you need to know!

Open enrollment — the period each year when people are eligible to purchase new insurance or make changes to their existing insurance plans — is upon us. Buying health insurance can be confusing, but it’s critically important that everyone in the neuromuscular community have coverage. We are pleased to share some FAQs below to help . . .

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Research Study Alert: Observational Study of Clinical and Electrophysiological Outcomes in Adults with CMT

Researchers at Ohio State University are seeking adults living with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1 (CMT-1) and type 2 (CMT-2) to participate in a one-month observational study (CMT Establish). This study is designed to assess whether individuals with CMT-1 and CMT-2 exhibit altered communication between nerves and muscles, known as neuromuscular junction (NMJ) transmission, compared to healthy . . .

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Capricor Announces Positive Results from its Phase 2 Study of CAP-1002 to Treat DMD

On September 24, Capricor Therapeutics announced positive results at the World Muscle Society Virtual Congress from its phase 2 HOPE-2 trial of the investigational therapy CAP-1002 for treatment of people in advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The primary and secondary endpoints of the study, the improvement of upper limb and cardiac function, were met, . . .

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Improving Air Travel for People Living with a Disability

Broken wheelchairs. Inaccessible seating. Hard to navigate aircraft. For too many in the neuromuscular community, traveling by air is not accessible. We sat down with Paul Melmeyer, MDA’s VP of Public Policy and Advocacy to hear about his recent appointment to the Air Carrier Access Act Advisory Committee and the Association’s work on accessible air . . .

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Research Study Alert: Survey for Caregivers of Individuals with SMA about Communication Abilities

Researchers at Russell Sage College are seeking parents or legal guardians of individuals with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) to participate in a survey about the communication abilities of the affected individuals. Analysis of the current communicative behaviors used by individuals with SMA will help researchers develop communication systems that better address the needs of this population. . . .

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Research Study Alert: Survey for Disability Advocates about Genetic Counseling for the Disability Community

Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are seeking disability advocates to participate in a survey about the current state of genetic counseling for the disability community. The goal of this survey is to help understand gaps in knowledge among genetic counselors regarding life with disability and to evaluate educational opportunities, such as . . .

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