2019 MDA Engage DMD Symposium Scheduled on Nov. 9

At MDA, we believe in the power of research and the importance of building relationships among families, clinicians, and the scientists making discoveries to advance treatments and therapies. We invite individuals living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), as well as their caregivers and loved ones, to attend the MDA Engage DMD Symposium taking place Nov. . . .

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NS Pharma Submits New Drug Application to FDA for Viltolarsen to Treat DMD Amenable to Exon 53 Skipping

On Oct. 2, NS Pharma Inc. (a wholly-owned US subsidiary of Nippon Shinyaku Co. Ltd.) submitted a rolling New Drug Application (NDA) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its exon-skipping therapy under development, viltolarsen (previously NS-065/NCNP-01), to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) amenable to exon 53 skipping. On Sept. 26, Nippon Shinyaku . . .

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In a Letter to the Duchenne Community, Santhera Announces Positive Results of Phase 2 Vamorolone Study, EMA’s Review of Puldysa to Treat Symptoms of DMD

This week, Santhera released a letter to the Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) community regarding an update on Santhera’s DMD drug development programs and its partnership with ReveraGen. The full letter follows. Letter to the DMD community from Santhera: Dear Duchenne community, It was great to connect with so many of you at the Parent Project . . .

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Five Questions with DMD Researcher James Ervasti

James Ervasti, PhD, professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $300,000 over three years to study the mechanical characterization of dystrophin in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). DMD is caused by a mutation in the dystrophin gene on the X chromosome that . . .

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US House Passes Newborn Screening Reauthorization

Thanks in large part to the work of MDA advocates across the country, the US House unanimously moved yesterday to pass the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act (HR 2507). Once enacted, this law will reauthorize the national newborn screening program for five years and make additional investment in order to modernize and make improvements . . .

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MDA Awards Venture Philanthropy Funding to Rachelle Crosbie to Develop a Novel Membrane-Stabilizing Drug for DMD

MDA has awarded MDA Venture Philanthropy (MVP) funding totaling $389,463 over two years to Rachelle H. Crosbie, PhD, professor and chair of Integrative Biology and Physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. The award will support the development of a small molecule drug that increases expression of sarcospan, a protein that may help to . . .

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2109 Clinical & Scientific Conference Highlight: Healthcare Technology Moves Out of the Clinic, Into the Pocket

Computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones have become ubiquitous features of our daily lives — but not of our healthcare. At least, not yet. But a group of physicians at MDA’s 2019 Clinical & Scientific Conference made a few convincing cases for increased use of personal electronics in healthcare and clinical trials. Dr. James Berry of . . .

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2019 Clinical & Scientific Conference Highlight: Neuromuscular Disease Impacts Cognition and Behavior, Too

Healthcare providers who work with patients diagnosed with neuromuscular disease (NMD) must consider the impact of these diseases on cognition and behavior, said presenters at a 2019 Clinical & Scientific Conference session focusing on mental health. Indeed, there is an indirect connection between NMD and mental health, but Dr. John Day from Stanford University, Dr. . . .

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2019 Clinical & Scientific Conference Highlight: Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy Considerations in NMD

During a late-morning session on the final day of the 2019 Clinical & Scientific Conference, five healthcare professionals — Laurie Sterling, a speech therapist at the Texas Children’s Hospital; Dr. Roxanna Bendixen, an occupational therapist and assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh; Jennifer Chapin, a speech therapist at the University of Florida; Dr. Melissa . . .

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