News and Events

Award from AFM

March 6th, 2012

The Association Française contre les Myopathies (AFM) has made an award to Jeff and Peter Jones as co-PIs to support supply purchases for new FSHD research directions.

Wellstone group paper submission

February 8th, 2012

The Wellstone group has submitted a paper describing analyses of DUX4 expression in cells and tissues from  FSHD patients and their relatives.  Authors from our group include Jeff, Sachiko Homma, and Mary Lou Beerman.  Our BBRI colleague, Peter Jones, is the senior author of this manuscript.

Award from Muscular Dystrophy Association for CMD and LGMD studies

February 1st, 2012

We’ve started work on the CMD and LGMD  studies supported by a new award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (details).

FSHD International Consortium Meeting

November 7th, 2011

Our entire lab group participated in the FSHD International Consortium Meeting.  Our Wellstone Center was well represented with five platform talks and an additional four posters.

Published FSHD paper in European Journal of Human Genetics

October 20th, 2011

The European Journal of Human Genetics has accepted and will soon publish our paper on the use of FSHD and  normal myogenic cells to probe effects of disease and family origin on differentiation and gene expression. (Abstract from PubMed)

Abstract and platform speaker for FSHD International Consortium Meeting

October 2nd, 2011

We’ve submitted an abstract and Jeff will give a platform talk on the effects of FSHD disease and family origin on differentiation and gene expression in myogenic cells at the FSHD International Consortium Meeting.

Wellstone group paper submission

July 2nd, 2011

Our Wellstone group has submitted a paper on the use of FSHD and normal myogenic cells to probe effects of disease and family origin on differentiation and gene expression.

Paper published by Human Molecular Genetics

May 7th, 2011

Our paper on peripheral nerve pathology in laminin-alpha2-deficiency has been published by Human Molecular Genetics (Abstract from PubMed).

Jeff at Scientific Advisory Committee of Muscular Dystrophy Association

April 29th, 2011

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

Wellstone Center retreat at BBRI

April 26th, 2011

We held our third annual Wellstone Center retreat at BBRI, with presentations from all groups.

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)