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Funded Research

A Xenograft Model of FSHD for Testing Therapeutics

Investigator: Robert J Bloch PhD, Professor of Physiology
 at the University of Maryland Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) affects 1 in approximately 15,000 individuals worldwide. One of the obstacles in developing treatments…

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Developing LNA-based therapy for FSHD

Investigators: • Yi-Wen Chen Children’s National Health System (Washington DC) • Toshifumi Yokota University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (Alberta, Canada) Yi-Wen Chen and Toshifumi Yokota are investigating one…

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Facio Therapies

Facio Therapies (Facio-therapies.com) is a company based in the Netherlands that is focused on finding a cure for FSHD. Facio have screened over 34,000 small molecule compounds, and obtained over…

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FSHD myofibers cultured from human xenografts

FSH Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) affects 1 in approximately 8,300 individuals worldwide. One of the obstacles in developing treatments for FSHD is the lack of a small animal model of the…

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Determining the effectiveness of increased SMCHD1 expression to suppress DUX4 in FSHD muscle cells and model mice

There are two genetic types of FSHD: FSHD1 and FSHD2. FSHD1 (representing around 95% of FSHD cases) is associated with a loss of repetitive DNA units called D4Z4 on the end of…

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FSHD myofibers cultured from human xenografts

Much of what we know about DUX4 and its associated toxicity comes from cultured cells from FSHD patients. We basically take cells from a biopsy, grow them on a dish,…

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