Chris Lorson, professor of veterinary pathology, and molecular biology and immunology at the University of Missouri in Columbia, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $300,000 over three years to optimize an approach currently in clinical trials for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) by delivering an enhanced form of drug combined with other potential synergistic therapies. . . .
Shamrock season is right around the corner! Pretty soon, your local retailers will be going green for MDA. MDA’s iconic paper Shamrocks sell for $1, $5 or more in tens of thousands of retail locations across the country each February and March and help families live longer and grow stronger. This year, MDA Shamrocks feature six kids from . . .
Like most recent college graduates preparing to enter the “real world,” I was in the throes of the inevitable what-the-heck-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life panic when an unexpected call set me on a new path. In accepting the offer to become the first adult MDA National Goodwill Ambassador, I could stop speculating about what my next life journey will . . .
Investigators are seeking participants for a new phase 2 clinical trial, sponsored by Cytokinetics, to test the investigational drug CK-2127107 in people with types 2, 3 or 4 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). CK-2127107 is a fast skeletal muscle troponin activator, designed to increase the ability of muscle to contract by sensitizing it to calcium. In . . .
Home and Family Reagan, 10, is the daughter of Jenny and Joe Imhoff. She is from New Berlin, Wisconsin. Birthday May 11, 2005 Diagnosis Reagan has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA type 2), a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Type 2 SMA is a progressive muscle disease . . .
Kevin Foust, assistant professor in the department of neuroscience at Ohio State University in Columbus, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $293,378 over three years to investigate disruption of gut bacteria in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). The gut microbiome is the collection of organisms that inhabit a healthy gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Dysbiosis, or changes . . .
Zoe Grisez, Age 13 Colorado Springs, CO Home and Family Zoe is the daughter of Mark and Lorraine Grisez. Diagnosis Zoe was diagnosed with SMA Type II in December of 2002. Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. The age at which . . .
Marley Nibecker Robinson, Age 14 Mystic, CT Home and Family Marley lives with her mother Gabrielle and father Karl. She has an older brother named Cooper and loves all of her pets. Marley has a dog, a rabbit, two ducks, & three chickens. Diagnosis Marley has Spinal Muscular Atrophy II and was diagnosed when she . . .
Lizzie Chamberlain, Age 12 Jacksonville, IL Home and Family Lizzie is the daughter of Lori and Jeff Chamberlain and is the younger sibling of Corinne (20) and Zachary (15). Diagnosis At the age of 11, Lizzie was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 3. Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disease affecting the part . . .
Quinn Anton-Jensen, Age 9 Hiawatha, IA Home and Family Quinn lives with his mom, dad, and two older brothers; Grant who is 15 and Drew who is 12. The family pet is a Shitzu-Poodle named Madison-Belle. Quinn is the only one in his family affected with SMA. Diagnosis Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetic . . .