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Leading experts on congenital muscular dystrophy convene at University of Nevada, Reno
Date:4/18/2012

rch institutes, the Office of Rare Diseases, the National Institutes of Arthritis and Muscular Skeletal and Skin Disease and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Additional funding support and sponsorship is provided by Cure CMD, Muscular Dystrophy Association, LGMD21 Foundation, Cellular Dynamics Inc., University of Nevada, Reno and several pharmaceutical companies including PTC Therapeutics, Santhera, AVI BioPharma, Genzyme and Ultragenyx.

"To win the battle against rare disease takes a community of scientists, families, doctors, advocacy, government support and the pharmaceutical sector," said Rutkowski.

Burkin agreed, noting that seeing experts and resources comes together "gives patients and their families hope, especially when we are talking about rare diseases."

Joining Burkin and Rutkowski as conference organizers are Carsten Bonnemann, a senior investigator with NINDS and director of its Neuromuscular and Neurogenetic Disorders of Childhood Section; Kanneboyina Nagaraju, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Murine Drug Testing Facility at the Children's National Medical Center; and Gabrielle Kardon, associate professor of human genetics at the University of Utah.

Myomatrix 2012 will take place at the University of Nevada School of Medicine's Center for Molecular Medicine in Reno. For more information about congenital muscular dystrophy or the Myomatrix 2012 conference, visit http://curecmd.org/myomatrix.


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Contact: Mike Wolterbeek
mwolterbeek@unr.edu
University of Nevada, Reno
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