Muscular Dystrophy Association

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency -- a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans.

MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. With national headquarters in Tucson, MDA has more than 200 offices across the country, sponsors 230 hospital-affiliated clinics and supports nearly 400 research projects around the world.

MDA supports more research on neuromuscular diseases than any other private-sector organization in the world. MDA scientists are in the forefront of gene therapy research and have uncovered the genetic defects responsible for several forms of muscular dystrophy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease), childhood spinal muscular atrophy, and several other neuromuscular conditions.

For more information, or to contact Muscular Dystrophy Association, see their website at: www.mdausa.org

» Recent News

MDA To Plan North American Clinical Trials Network For Muscular Dystrophy
09 Jun 04 | Some 35 neuromuscular disease experts, along with biotechnology and government representatives, will meet Friday and Saturday at the Westin La Paloma here to develop a large-scale network to test potential treatments in muscular dystrophy.

Artwork Honoring the IAFF-MDA 50th Anniversary Accepted By MDA Art Collection
03 Jun 04 | Two paintings celebrating the 50-year partnership between the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the Muscular Dystrophy Association have been added to MDA's Art Collection.

Nonviral, Intravascular Approach To Muscular Dystrophy Gene Therapy Moves Ahead
03 Jun 04 | Delivering genes for a key muscle protein via an intravascular route appears safe and effective in mice, the Muscular Dystrophy Association announced today at a meeting of the American Society of Gene Therapy in Minneapolis.

Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon Starts Search For New Talent
03 Jun 04 | In the spirit of the ever-popular talent search show "American Idol," the 2004 Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association is once again looking for new talent to present on its live national broadcast.

Muscle Biologist Elected To National Academy of Sciences
02 Jun 04 | Kevin P. Campbell, a longtime Muscular Dystrophy Association research grantee at the University of Iowa in Iowa City was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

MDA, IAFF Celebrate 50 Years of Partnership
02 Jun 04 | This year marks 50 years of partnership between the International Association of Fire Fighters and the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the fight against more than 40 neuromuscular diseases.

Vitamin C Helps Mice With CMT1A
01 Jun 04 | High doses of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) can improve or stabilize motor function in mice with a particular form of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, say researchers in France, who published their results in the April issue of Nature Medicine.

14th International Symposium on ALS/MND Milan Meeting Highlights
20 Nov 03 | Progress in ALS research was the topic at the 11th annual meeting of the International Alliance of ALS/MND (Motor Neurone Disease) Associations and the 14th International Symposium on ALS/MND, held in Milan, Italy, Nov. 13 through 19.

A.G. Edwards To Host MDA Art Exhibit
19 Nov 03 | The northwest Tucson office of A.G. Edwards and Sons will display 30 selected works of art from the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Art Collection. The exhibit, called Transcending Barriers: Selections from the MDA Art Collection, will begin Nov 24.

MDA Researchers Map New ALS Gene To Spot On Chromosome 16
24 Jul 03 | MDA-supported researchers this week announced the mapping of an as-yet-unidentified gene lying within a small region of chromosome 16 that could account for some genetic cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease).

World Congress On Disabilities
21 Jul 03 | The annual congress will feature a trade show of products and services for people affected by a wide range of disabilities, as well as a conference program of more than 120 sessions on subjects such as aging with a disability and independence.

Former MDA Goodwill Ambassador Matt Brown Dies
19 Jul 03 | Matthew C. Brown of Eastanollee, Ga., who served as National Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died on July 18 as a result of the neuromuscular disease spinal muscular atrophy.

Stem Cells Work Against Muscular Dystrophy in Mice, MDA Scientists Find
10 Jul 03 | Scientists supported by the Muscular Dystrophy Association have shown for the first time that stem cells can prevent the effects of muscular dystrophy (MD) in mice.

Researchers Remove Gene Defect in Common Form of Muscular Dystrophy
06 Jul 03 | A laboratory-engineered compound that snips out a defect in the gene for the muscle protein dystrophin has been successfully used to treat a disease resembling Duchenne muscular dystrophy in mice, the Muscular Dystrophy Association announced today.

Protein Deficiency Linked to Lou Gehrig's Disease, MDA Researchers Find
06 Jul 03 | A European study supported by the MDA shows that genetic deficiencies of a growth factor protein increase the risk of developing the deadly neuromuscular disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and that the same protein might be used to treat it.

Photograph by State Employee Accepted by MDA Art Collection
03 Jul 03 | A photograph by Michael Lee Rabe of Carson City, Nev., has been accepted by the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Art Collection. Now in its 12th year, the Collection features artwork by people from across the country with neuromuscular diseases.

Acrylic by Stanton High School Graduate Accepted by MDA Art Collection
03 Jul 03 | "Grandpa's Pride" is a classic winter scene, depicting a rural barn, its roof covered with snow. A nearby snow-dusted evergreen tree looks like it's just waiting to be decorated for the upcoming holiday season.

Watercolor by Brooklyn Artist Accepted by MDA Art Collection
03 Jul 03 | "Chasing Windmills" is a fanciful piece, depicting a small boat drifting along a river past two windmills. A brilliant sky is reflected off the surface of the river.

Jerry Lewis Telethon Joins Talent Search Mania
01 Jul 03 | In keeping with the popularity of talent search shows like "American Idol" and "Fame," the 2003 Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon is looking for new talent to present on its legendary Labor Day weekend broadcast.

Marker Drawing By Pico Rivera Youth Accepted By MDA Art Collection
27 Jun 03 | A colorful drawing by Alexis Marie Villa of Pico Rivera, CA has been accepted by the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Art Collection. Now in its 12th year, the Collection features artwork by people from across the country with neuromuscular diseases.

 


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