We held our third annual Wellstone Center retreat at BBRI, with presentations from all groups.
Drs. Sachiko Homma and Jim Windelborn attended the MDA Conference in Las Vegas. Sachiko presented her work on peripheral neuropathy.
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.
Dr. James Windelborn has joined our group from the University of Wisconsin.
Our Wellstone group participated in the annual meeting of the FSH International Research Consortium at BBRI.
In Tucson, Jeff took part in the fall meeting of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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.
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.
Our group contributed to a paper presented by the Wellstone Center at the Ottawa Conference on New Directions in Biology & Diseases of Skeletal Muscle.
Our paper on the role of Prdm1 in muscle development and fiber type diversification has been published by PLoS One. (read it)
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.
Jeff presented a seminar on our work at the Pioneer Valley Life Science Institute.
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 PubMed; Request reprint)
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)
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. 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.
Our Annals of Neurology paper was selected as a Research Highlight by Nature Reviews Neurology (Vol 5, p. 176, April 2009).
The Association Française contre les Myopathies featured our Annals of Neurology paper in their Research News section (read article)
The MDA Quest magazine included an article about our recent Annals of Neurology paper on congenital muscular dystrophy. (read article)