MDF and the Wyck Foundation have awarded new grants to develop phenotypic mouse models of DM as well as new DM1 and DM2 cell lines. Read more about these new partnerships.
We are the focus of the latest “BioFlash" podcast by the San Francisco Business Times! Check out the interviews with our incredible champions, Erica and Jeremy Kelly (Chairman of the MDF Board), and our CEO, Molly White. We are thrilled by this opportunity to raise awareness of DM in the biotech community. Click here to read the article and listen to the podcast.
MDF and the Wyck Foundation jointly announce the funding of two new research projects. The projects address critical gaps in research infrastructure and clinical trial readiness and will increase understanding of the progression of DM, and provide measures to evaluate disease progression and the efficacy of candidate therapeutics.
“Participating in a research study will help the greater good, and I’m hoping one may help me too,” says Caroline Easterling about why she participates in DM research. Read on for Caroline’s advice for participants.
Researchers in Europe have reported findings from a large cohort, where significant numbers of patients with DM-like symptoms do not have the known DMPK or CNBP repeat expansions. Considerable progress has been made in understanding the genetics and pathogenic mechanisms of DM. However, unknown factors (other mutations, modifier genes) very likely will be critical to models of disease onset and progression, as well as for development of impactful therapies. This latest report, valuable because of the large, carefully assessed cohort, suggests that MBNL1 variants, theoretically a potential cause of DM, exist but are rare and thus unlikely a major contributor to DM.