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An expression of the live unlimited spirit, stories and voices of the MDA community

Living Through War in Ukraine with a Neuromuscular Disease

When Yuliya Matyushenko was 12 years old, the Paris-based rare disease organization Eurordis featured her on a poster promoting Rare Disease Day 2015. In late February, the young woman with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) was hiding in a bare concrete basement in Kharkiv as Ukraine’s second-largest city, located only 35 kilometers from the Russian border, . . .

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How to Set Goals for Personal Growth and Wellness

When he was 15 years old, Elijah Stacy had a dream: to end Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), the disease that affects him and thousands of other people. So, he decided to start a nonprofit called Destroy Duchenne to support advancing gene-editing and gene-therapy technologies to find a cure for DMD.  To achieve his ambitious goal, . . .

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MDA Shamrock’s 40th Birthday T-shirt: The Mind Behind the Design

To commemorate the 40th Birthday of MDA Shamrocks with a special edition T-shirt, the MDA enlisted the talent and expertise of freelance graphic designer, Dustin Clark. Dustin, a 28-year-old designer and illustrator living with Becker muscular dystrophy, is passionate about the incredible impact that MDA Shamrocks has had on the neuromuscular community. He was excited to . . .

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2022 Clinical & Scientific Conference March 15 Highlights

Today was the second full day of sessions of 2022 MDA’s Clinical & Scientific Conference. The three major themes of today’s sessions were (1) therapeutic strategies to treat NMDs, (2) clinical trial design and implementation, and (3) optimizing patient care.  Highlights Mitochondrial interventions: small molecule and gene therapy Carlos Moraes, PhD, from the University of . . .

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2022 Clinical & Scientific Conference March 14 Highlights

Today was the first full day of sessions of MDA’s 2022 Clinical & Scientific Conference. For the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, clinicians, scientists, policymakers, nonprofit, and industry leaders are convening, primarily in-person, for a dynamic and informative five days in Nashville, TN. With more than 975 in-person and 490 virtual . . .

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Clinical Trial Alert: Phase 1b/2a Study of WVE-N531 in a Subset of People Living with DMD

Researchers at Wave Life Sciences are seeking boys living with DMD caused by gene mutations amenable to exon 53 skipping interventions to participate in a phase 1b/2a clinical trial. This trial will evaluate the safety, effectiveness, and correct dosage of the investigational drug WVE-N531. WVE-N531 is an exon-skipping drug designed to promote skipping over a section . . .

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Staying Connected with MDA

At a time when so much is changing, one thing that remains constant is the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s dedication to providing programs and support to help children and adults with neuromuscular disease live longer and grow stronger. A diagnosis of muscular dystrophy, ALS, or other related neuromuscular disease can bring many challenges to individuals and . . .

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Quest for Success: Nicole Lahoud

As the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) continues our commitment to empowering people living with neuromuscular disease, we are excited to present our 2022 blog series: “Quest for Success”. Success looks different to everyone and this monthly blog will detail the different paths that individuals with neuromuscular disease have taken to reach their potential and the . . .

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MDA Summer Camp: Zach’s Note to Younger Self

MDA Summer Camp has been a favorite tradition for our young community for over 65 years.  For one week every year, children and teens receive the opportunity to gain critical life-skills, including self-confidence, independence, and self-advocacy, while making lifelong friendships in an inclusive and accessible environment. In 2020, in an effort to keep this popular . . .

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