Genetic Muscle Disorders, Centers for

NIH Funds New Muscular Dystrophy Research At Kennedy Krieger; Part Of Large Initiative To Fund Collaborations With Industry

June 18, 2013
Initiative to enable exploration of potential treatments in eight disease areas using existing compounds

Baltimore, Md. -- The National Institutes of Health has awarded a team from Kennedy Krieger Institute and the University of Washington with $2.9 million for the first year of an anticipated three-year grant to test a drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).  The award is part of a $12.7 million funding initiative to match nine academic research groups with a selection of pharmaceutical industry compounds to explore new treatments for patients in eight disease areas, including Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia.

The Spectrum of Developmental Disabilities XXXV: The Continuum of Motor Dysfunction

Mar 18 2013 (All day) - Mar 20 2013 (All day)


The Spectrum of Developmental Disabilities activity will provide an interdisciplinary approach to the issues of motor dysfunction. This multidisciplinary course will review motor dysfunction, including epidemiology, genetic and neuroimaging issues, diagnostic overlaps, associated dysfunctions, evaluation and management, outcomes and future directions.

Contact the Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders

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Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders: Publications and Additional Resources

Recent Publications from the Center (Since 2010):

Clinical Care

Lai C-H, Melli G, Chang Y-J, Skolasky RL, Corse AM, Wagner KR, Cornblath DR.  Open muscle biopsy in suspected myopathy:  diagnostic yield and clinical utility.  Eur J Neurol, 17:136-142, 2010.  PMID: 19674068

Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders: Appointment, Referral & Contact Information

We welcome your questions and referrals. If you would like more information about a referral or evaluation, or would like to speak to someone by phone, please contact:

Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders:
Toll-free Referral: (888) 554-2080
Local Referral: (443) 923-9525
Fax: (443) 923-9545
TTY: (443) 923-2645

Prior to scheduling an appointment, we ask that you fax us your medical records so that we can make sure that you get the most out of your visit with us.

Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders: Physicians & Staff

Patient with Dr. Wagner


The Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of professionals with extensive experience in the care of children and adults with disabilities, as well as clinicians and basic scientists who have dedicated their careers to understanding the biology of muscle disorders and discovering better treatments:

Genetic Muscle Disorders Research

Clinical Research:

The Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders conducts innovative research in neuromuscular disorders affecting children and adults. We interact closely with other clinical researchers and basic scientists to understand disease mechanisms so as to ultimately provide novel treatments. While the genetic basis is known for most genetic muscle disorders, there are no cures and patients have few treatment options.

Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders

Under the directorship of Dr. Kathryn Wagner, the Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders serves an important need within the muscle disorders community. It provides current interdisciplinary clinical care for patients by experts in muscle disease, while leading research programs to develop better and novel therapeutics to treat these disorders in the future. To accomplish these objectives, the Center has three arms: clinical care, clinical research and laboratory research.

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