MDA Wins 2019 Sonia Skarlatos Public Service Award

We are pleased to announce that on May 1, 2019, the American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy awarded MDA the Sonia Skarlatos Public Service Award for 2019. Named for its inaugural co-recipient and tireless gene therapy advocate, the ASGCT’s Sonia Skarlatos Public Service Award recognizes a person or group that has consistently fostered and . . .

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Progress in Motion: MDA’s 2019 Clinical & Scientific Conference Heralds New Directions for Neuromuscular Disease Treatment

In April, MDA held its first ever combined Clinical & Scientific Conference, themed “Progress in Motion,” in Orlando Fla. Clinicians, scientists, policymakers, nonprofit, and industry leaders convened for a dynamic and informative five days in Orlando, Fla. With more than 1,200 attendees, 23 sessions, 136 presentations, and 300 posters, this was MDA’s largest conference ever. . . .

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Biogen Releases Letter to ALS Community

Yesterday, Biogen released a letter to the ALS community regarding its experimental therapy, tofersen (formerly known as BIIB067), an antisense oligonucleotide being studied for the potential treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in adults with a confirmed superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) genetic mutation, which is a subtype of familial ALS that makes up 2 percent . . .

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Mouse Study Finds Link Between Key Mitochondrial Protein and CMT2A, Making It a Possible Therapeutic Target

In a study conducted in mice, scientists led by an MDA-funded researcher found that increasing the amount of a certain mitochondrial membrane protein, mitofusin-1 (MFN1), lessened symptoms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) type 2A. The findings suggest that it may be possible to treat CMT2A using gene-replacement therapies that deliver functional copies of missing or mutated . . .

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MDA Partners with the Broad Institute on Rare Genomes Project for Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, which aims to bring genetic diagnoses to more individuals living with limb-girdle muscle weakness. The goal of the LGMD Rare Genomes Project is to bring the most advanced genetic techniques, including whole-genome sequencing and genetic variation . . .

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Muscular Dystrophy Association Bridges Clinical and Academic Neuromuscular Research for the First Time at Annual Meeting

With a laser focus on new horizons in neuromuscular research and care, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is combining its clinical and scientific conferences for the first time, establishing a robust, state-of-the-art gathering for both clinicians and investigators from across the nation. Medical and scientific experts in neuromuscular disease from academia, private practice, government, and . . .

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Muscular Dystrophy Association Awards Eight Grants Totaling More Than $2 Million for ALS Research

Today, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) announced the awarding of eight new grants totaling more than $2 million toward research focused on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease in which muscles become weak and eventually nonfunctional. Since its inception, MDA has invested more than $165 million in ALS research, and in the last five years . . .

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Sarepta Therapeutics Announces Positive Interim Results from Study of Casimersen to Treat DMD Amenable to Exon 45 Skipping

On Mar. 28, Sarepta Therapeutics announced encouraging interim results from a phase 3 clinical trial that suggest the experimental drug casimersen potentially may be effective as a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted Sarepta Therapeutics’ New Drug Application (NDA) seeking approval under Priority Review for . . .

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FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to Acceleron Pharma’s ACE-083 Muscle Growth Drug for Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease

On Mar. 5, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded Orphan Drug designation to Acceleron Pharma’s ACE-083, a locally acting muscle agent, for treating Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT). Delivered by intramuscular injection, ACE-083 is based on the naturally occurring protein follistatin and is designed to enhance the body’s own promoters of muscle growth, specifically in . . .

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