The 11th meeting of the International Myotonic Dystrophy Consortium (IDMC-11), and the 2017 MDF Annual Conference will be held in San Francisco, CA, September 5-9, 2017.
Our 2nd Annual MDF Gala was a tremendous success, thanks to the many heroes in our special myotonic dystrophy (DM) community. More than 250 guests celebrated MDF’s progress since its first gala in 2013, raising $500,000 to drive the next phase of our Care and a Cure mission for families living with myotonic dystrophy.
Ginny Morriss, Ph.D., is exploring whether reducing levels of the CELF1 protein, which are abnormally high in DM1-affected skeletal muscles, has a positive effect on these muscles. She’ll be studying mice in which disease-causing repeat expansions can be induced at any age.
Jazzy Wright joined MDF in October 2016 as the organization’s Communications Manager. Jazzy will also manage the MDF communications strategy, and produce all internal and external communications pieces for the organization.
Analysis of data from the French DM-Scope registry lend support to a five-grade model of DM1 that may help guide patient management, biomarker and modifier gene discovery, and clinical trials.