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MDA Scientific Conference To Focus On Therapy Development For Neuromuscular Diseases
Date:4/22/2013

> (gold level); Catabasis, Cytokinetics, Fate Therapeutics, Pfizer, PTC Therapeutics, Shire and Tivorsan Pharmaceuticals (silver level); and with special thanks going to ARMGO Pharma.

"The progress being made in neuromuscular disease research is truly astonishing, when you think of how far we've come with therapy development compared to where we stood only five years ago," said MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks . "MDA families are praying and hoping for positive research outcomes leading to new therapies, and that's why I think it's absolutely essential for researchers to come together in a cooperative spirit to aid and inspire each other's efforts as much as possible."

Derks also said: "I'm confident that attendees will come away from this conference not only with fresh perspectives, but with a renewed sense of hope and optimism as we look to even more exciting developments in the months and years ahead."

For more information on the MDA National Scientific Conference, and to read blogs posted during the conference, go to mda.org/2013ScientificConference/overview.

About MDA
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

In addition to funding more than 250 research projects worldwide, MDA maintains a national network of 200 medical clinics; facilitates hundreds of support groups for families affected by neuromuscular diseases; and provides local summer camp opportunities for thousands of youngsters living with progressive muscle diseases.

For more information, visit mda.org and follow MDA on Facebook (facebook.com/MDAnational) and Twi
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