Five Questions with CMT Researcher Henry Houlden

Henry Houlden, professor of neurology at the MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases, University College London Institute of Neurology in England, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $288,151 over three years to elucidate the genetic causes of severe forms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) and other types of early-onset neuropathy. Identification of the causative genes could . . .

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Recent Treatment Triumphs Tied to MDA’s Long Commitment to Funding Treatments and Cures

Over the last six decades, MDA has committed $1 billion to research designed to move the world closer to treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases. As a result, MDA’s fingerprints are on nearly every major neuromuscular disease research breakthrough, and the progress we continue to see in the field is . . .

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Five Questions with DMD Researcher Rachelle Crosbie-Watson

  Rachelle Crosbie-Watson, professor and vice-chair of graduate education at the University of California Los Angeles, was awarded an MDA research grant this summer totaling $300,000 over a period of three years to test new therapies for cardiomyopathy (heart muscle weakness) associated with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Can you tell us a little bit about . . .

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MDA Grants Work to Find Breakthroughs Across Diseases

Since its inception, MDA has invested more than $1 billion in neuromuscular disease research to uncover new treatments and cures. In 2016 alone, MDA awarded 66 new research, development and research infrastructure grants with a total funding commitment of more than $17 million. These and other MDA grants fund research projects designed to uncover the . . .

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Five Questions with Researcher Natalia Rodríguez Muela

Natalia Rodríguez Muela, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., was awarded an MDA development grant totaling $179,985 over a period of three years to deepen our understanding of what goes wrong in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a progressive disease caused by low levels of SMN protein. The work will focus on how . . .

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What You Did: Your #LiveUnlimited Impact

This summer, as thousands of you joined our #LiveUnlimited campaign… 1,800 kids attended MDA Summer Camps across the country 2,000+ multidisciplinary team members aided kids and adults at MDA Care Centers in your neighborhoods 226 applications were reviewed for $7 million in research grants MDA will award next month With your support, the urgent work we do continues every day. In . . .

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Five Questions with ALS Researcher Christine Vande Velde

Christine Vande Velde, associate professor at the University of Montreal CHUM Research Center in Montreal, Quebec (Canada), was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $300,000 over a period of three years to study what goes wrong in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) caused by mutations in the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene. In ALS patients with . . .

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Five Questions with ALS Researcher Asim Beg

Asim Beg, assistant professor at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $300,000 over a period of three years to study the role of a protein, EphA4, in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). High levels of EphA4 correlate with rapid disease progression in ALS patients. Beg and colleagues will work . . .

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