Selected News from our Group

Drs. Homma and Windelborn at MDA Conference in Las Vegas

March 13th, 2011

Drs. Sachiko Homma and Jim Windelborn  attended the MDA Conference in Las Vegas.  Sachiko presented her work on peripheral neuropathy.

Abstract to MDA Conference

February 7th, 2011

Dr. Sachiko Homma, Mary Lou Beermann and Jeff have submitted an abstract to the MDA Conference describing our work on peripheral nerve pathology in laminin-alpha2-deficiency.

Welcome, Dr. James Windelborn!

January 3rd, 2011

Dr. James Windelborn has joined our group from the University of Wisconsin.

Wellstone group participates in research consortium

October 21st, 2010

Our Wellstone group participated in the annual meeting of the FSH International Research Consortium at BBRI.

Dr. Miller takes part in MDA advisory committee

October 1st, 2010

In Tucson, Jeff took part in the fall meeting of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

BBRI issues policy statement

August 31st, 2010

In response to recent events, BBRI has issued a statement that unreservedly endorses NIH funding of human embryonic stem cell research.  Read the BBRI policy statement.

Wellstone FSHD Center holds second annual retreat

May 25th, 2010

The Wellstone FSHD Center held its second annual retreat with presentations by all center investigators including an update by our group on our mitochondrial and oxidative stress studies.

Group contributes to paper at Ottawa Conference

May 6th, 2010

Our group contributed to a paper presented by the Wellstone Center at the Ottawa Conference on New Directions in Biology & Diseases of Skeletal Muscle.

Paper published by PLoS One

April 1st, 2010

Our paper on the role of Prdm1 in muscle development and fiber type diversification has been published by PLoS One. (read it)

Paper highlight on CureCMD website

January 18th, 2010

Our recent paper in Human Molecular Genetics has been highlighted on the CureCMD Foundation website (news) and in the newsletter of the European Rare Diseases Task Force (Orphanews)

Wellstone Center has five presentations

November 9th, 2009

The BBRI-based Wellstone Center for FSHD Research had five presentations, including one by Jeff, at the annual FSHD International Research Consortium and Planning meeting sponsored by The FSH Society.

Dr. Miller presents seminar at PVLSI

October 22nd, 2009

Jeff presented a seminar on our work at the Pioneer Valley Life Science Institute.

Paper published in Human Molecular Genetics

August 17th, 2009

Our paper identifying Ku70 as a regulator of Bax-mediated pathogenesis in models of congenital muscular dystrophy has been published in Human Molecular Genetics. (read Abstract on PubMedRequest reprint)

Dr. Miller speaks at CureCMD conference

July 8th, 2009

Jeff spoke at the conference on “Therapeutic Targets in the Congenital Muscular Dystrophies” organized by the CureCMD Foundation.  An international group of ~100 attendees included researchers, clinicians, patient advocates, industry representatives, and NIH staff. (see agenda)

First annual retreat head at BBRI

June 17th, 2009

Our first annual Wellstone FSHD Center retreat was held at BBRI.  Presenters included Center PIs (Kathryn Wagner, Louis M. Kunkel, Charles P. Emerson, Robert J. Bloch, Jeff Miller, Woody Wright, Mayana Zatz), postdoctoral fellows, members of our Scientific Advisory Board, invited speakers, and representatives of patient groups including our Wellstone Center partner The FSH Society and also the FSHD Global Research Foundation. (read the press release)

Dr. Vishnudas wins silver medal in poster competition

June 2nd, 2009

Dr. Vivek Vishnudas, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab, won the silver medal in the poster competition at the International Conference titled “Making Muscle in the Embryo and Adult” which was held at Columbia University (262 posters were presented).  His work identified Ku70 as a regulator of pathogenesis in laminin-alpha-2 deficiency.

Paper selected as research highlight

April 20th, 2009

Our Annals of Neurology paper was selected as a Research Highlight by Nature Reviews Neurology (Vol 5, p. 176, April 2009).

Paper highlighted by Association Française contre les Myopathies

February 26th, 2009

The Association Française contre les Myopathies featured our Annals of Neurology paper in their Research News section (read article)

Paper highlighted in MDA Quest magazine

January 15th, 2009

The MDA Quest magazine included an article about our recent Annals of Neurology paper on congenital muscular dystrophy.  (read article)

Paper published in Annals of Neurology

December 11th, 2008

Annals of Neurology has published our paper in which we show that doxycycline and minocycline can ameliorate pathology in a mouse model of congenital muscular dystrophy due to laminin-alpha-2 deficiency. (Abstract on PubMedRequest reprint)