Why is this so important?
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic condition that affects a structural component of skeletal muscle cells, causing the muscles to waste away. The loss of muscle causes weakness and can lead to limitations in gross motor abilities, like walking, as well as breathing problems. Children with DMD show signs of muscle weakness as toddlers, and many require wheelchairs by the time they are adolescents. Survival is rare beyond the early 30s.
Researchers have worked hard over the last 15 years to understand the genetics of DMD and to identify possible mechanisms for treatments. Currently, research is happening all over the country to try to find medications that will lessen the symptoms of DMD.
While these trials are promising, we don’t yet have perfect tools to measure if these medications are effective. As such, we are hoping two tools, Electrical Impedance Myography (EIM) and Quantitative Ultrasound (QU), will help to change that and be instrumental in future DMD trials. However, we can’t get there without your help!