The Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases aims to facilitate progress in understanding the molecular genetics/correlates, pathogenesis, pharmacology, diagnosis and treatment of acquired and genetic neuromuscular diseases (including muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, spinal muscular atrophy, neuropathies, myopathies, myotonias and myositis). The journal publishes research reports, reviews, short communications, letters-to-the-editor, and will consider research that has negative findings. The journal is dedicated to providing an open forum for original research in basic science, translational and clinical research that will improve our fundamental understanding and lead to effective treatments of neuromuscular diseases.
Associate Editors for Reviews
Gisèle Bonne, PhD
Shin'ichi Takeda, MD, PhD
Annemieke Aartsma-Rus, PhD
Jeff Chamberlain, PhD
Claude Desnuelle, MD, PhD
Salvatore DiMauro, MD
James Dowling, MD, PhD
Tom Gillingwater, PhD, FAS, FRMS, MloD
Eric P. Hoffman, PhD
Nicolas Lévy, MD, PhD
Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD
Frederick W. Miller, MD, PhD
Markus A. Ruegg, PhD
Stephan Züchner, MD, PhD
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Valérie Allamand, PhD
Zohar Argov, MD
Guillaume Bassez, MD, PhD
David Beeson, PhD
Alan Beggs, PhD
Craig Blackstone, MD, PhD
Bernard Brais, MD, PhD
Thomas Braun, MD, Dr. rer. nat.
Steven Burden, PhD
Gillian Butler-Browne, PhD
Kevin Campbell, PhD
Pierre Carlier, MD, PhD
Patrick Chinnery, PhD
Giulio Cossu, MD
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James M. Ervasti, PhD
Karyn A. Esser, PhD
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Justin Fallon, PhD
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Kenneth Fischbeck, MD
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Siegfried Labeit, MD
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Lars Larsson, MD, PhD
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Giovanni Meola, MD
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Marina Mora, PhD
Vincenzo Nigro, PhD
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Kathryn North, PhD
Kinji Ohno, MD, PhD
Eric Olson, PhD
Bradley B. Olwin
Davide Pareyson, MD
Thomas A. Rando, MD, PhD
Gina Ravenscroft, PhD
Mary Reilly, MD
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Lisa G. Rider, MD
Vittorio Sartorelli, MD
Jens Schmidt, MD
Benedikt Schoser, MD
Duygu Selcen, MD
Jan Senderek, MD
Michael E. Shy, MD
Werner Stenzel, MD
Volker Straub, MD, PhD
Maurice Swanson, PhD
Lee Sweeney, PhD
Kathryn J. Swoboda, MD
Rabi N. Tawil, MD
Charles A. Thornton, MD
Vincent Timmerman, PhD
Haluk Topaloglu, MD
Antonio Toscano, MD
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Leonard van den Berg, PhD
Pieter van Doorn, MD, PhD
Gert-Jan van Ommen, PhD
Jan Verschuuren, MD
Angela Vincent, MBBS, (Hon PhD Bergen), FRCPath, FMedSci, FRS
John Vissing, MD
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Hugh Willison, PhD
Steve Wilton, PhD
Peter Zammit, PhD
Massimo Zeviani, MD, PhD
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 Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002;935(1-2):40-6.
 Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
 Berkow R, Fletcher AJ, editors. The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy. 16th ed. Rahway (NJ): Merck Research Laboratories; 1992.
 Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGrawHill; 2002. p. 93-113.
 Canadian Cancer Society [homepage on the Internet]. Toronto: The Society; 2006 [updated 2006 May 12; cited 2006 Oct 17]. Available from: www.cancer.ca/.
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 Fletcher D, Wagstaff CRD. Organisational psychology in elite sport: its emergence, application and future. Psychol Sport Exerc. 2009;10(4):427-34. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2009.03.009.
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Treatabolome Project Designed to Shorten Diagnosis-to-Treatment Time for Patients with Rare Diseases
01 Jun 2021 - Amsterdam, NL – The Treatabolome project is a research initiative to develop a freely available, interoperable online platform dedicated to disseminating rare disease and gene-specific treatment information to healthcare professionals regardless of their level of specialized expertise. Developed under the Solve-RD European Research Project, it is intended to reduce treatment delays for patients with rare diseases by directly linking diagnosis and treatment information. This initiative is highly relevant to neuromuscular disorders as they are rare diseases by definition. In this special issue of the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases, experts contribute Treatabolome-feeding systematic literature reviews on rare neurological and neuromuscular disorders. ...
06 Apr 2021 - Amsterdam, NL – The rarity of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) means that promising new treatments may be tested in only a limited spectrum of patients before approval. Investigators evaluated a newly approved drug, onasemnogene abeparvovec, in a broader spectrum of patients in order to obtain expanded data on its side effects profile. They report in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases that the drug is associated with an immune response against the adeno-associated viral vector and needs careful monitoring, but showed no long-term adverse effects....
Neuromuscular Disease Registry Helps Patients Access Research, Clinical Trials, New Genetic Tests, and Therapies
02 Feb 2021 - Amsterdam, NL– The Canadian Neuromuscular Disease Registry (CNDR) was launched in 2010 to increase efficient patient access to cutting-edge research and clinical trials, to increase understanding of the natural history and epidemiology of neuromuscular disease across Canada, and to facilitate research collaboration. An assessment of CNDR’s accomplishments, published in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases, found that it has been successful in securing funding and engaging the community over the past 10 years. With more than 4,000 enrolled patients, data from the registry have been used in over 125 research projects as of 2019, including clinical trial and research notifications, patient questionnaires, and data analyses around patient outcomes and care....
11 Jun 2020 - Amsterdam, NL – The advent of therapeutic interventions for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) has increased the importance of presymptomatic diagnosis and treatment. When to start treatment in children with less severe disease remains controversial. Now, in a report published in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases, German researchers argue for an earlier start of treatment to prevent permanent nerve damage, challenging recommendations originally proposed by a group of American experts that suggests a strict follow-up strategy for children expected to have less severe disease....
11 Nov 2019 - Amsterdam, NL – A study published in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases presents the first evidence of mild improvement or stabilization of motor and respiratory function in adults with spinal muscular atrophy type 3 (SMA3) treated with Nusinersen, which was the case even in patients who have had the disease for 20 years or more. These findings prove the efficacy of Nusinersen beyond types and age groups, paving the way for adult treatment....
New Analysis Shows Drug Slows Down Respiratory Decline in Patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in Three Clinical Trials
09 Jul 2019 - Amsterdam, NL – Duchenne muscular dystrophy occurs in boys and is characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness leading to a decline in respiratory function. Strategies to arrest this severe progressive deterioration are needed to extend lives and improve quality of life. Results of three clinical trials using eteplirsen, an exon-skipping antisense oligonucleotide, show promising results, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases....
18 Jun 2019 - Amsterdam, NL – Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is the most common inherited neurological disorder affecting peripheral motor and/or sensory nerves in humans. Monogenic disorders like CMT1A, CMT’s most prevalent subtype, are caused by a single gene defect. However, its clinical presentation and severity can vary widely, leading doctors to wonder what factors might be responsible for these differences. A study published in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases reveals that while all patients with CMT1A share a single gene defect, at least four clinical characteristics were found to be associated with secondary modifying genes. ...
21 Feb 2019 - Amsterdam, NL – Patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) have few treatment options. Medications currently available or in development either target only a subset of DMD patients with a particular genetic mutation or cause significant side effects. The investigational drug edasalonexent, an oral NF-κB inhibitor, has the potential to slow the progression of the disease for all patients with DMD. The results of a Phase I clinical trial published in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases indicate that the drug was well tolerated with no safety issues in boys with DMD, paving the way for further clinical testing. ...
Expand the Role of Patients, the True Experts, in Neuromuscular Disease Research, Concludes International Workshop
06 Feb 2019 - Amsterdam, NL – The old-fashioned paternalistic relationship between doctors and patients has gradually evolved into a more collaborative one in the era of patient-centered medicine. Shared decision-making (SDM), in which doctors and patients jointly decide on treatment or care, has emerged as a gold standard model of healthcare. Yet considerably less attention has been given to obtaining the patient’s perspective on neuromuscular research on such matters as research objectives, study design, or even consent. A position paper in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases describes conclusions reached at an international workshop that focused on finding creative solutions to integrate and enhance the patient's point of view in neuromuscular research. ...
17 Dec 2018 - Amsterdam, NL – Heart and lung complications are responsible for much of the morbidity and mortality associated with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Although regular monitoring of pulmonary function is recommended in order to detect deterioration, compliance with routine testing, such as hospital-based spirometry, is frequently poor. A new study in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases describes the at-home use of a child-compatible, hand-held device that makes monitoring pulmonary function in teens more convenient and provides the data needed for better disease management....
16 Jul 2018 - New findings suggest SMA should be routinely included in newborn screening for early diagnosis, according to research published in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases...
Analysis of Global Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patients Registry Underscores the Benefits of Corticosteroid Treatment and Heterogeneity of the Disease
01 Feb 2018 - New Analysis in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases Highlights How a Comprehensive Database Can Improve Treatment and Drive Research...
16 Jun 2017 - Amsterdam, NL – Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the leading genetic cause of death in infants, affecting 1 in 11,000 live births. As promising new therapies such as those directly targeting survivor motor neuron (SMN) are entering clinical trials for infants, children, and adults with SMA, researchers are searching for biomarkers in blood that can monitor their effectiveness. Investigators now report in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases that SMN levels in blood do not track SMN levels in motor neurons, and therefore are not an informative biomarker for SMN-modulating therapies that are delivered intrathecally. Beyond providing important information for SMA trial planning going forward, their results also highlight the importance of carefully validating specific biomarkers in a preclinical trial situation....
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17 Jan 2017 - Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK – Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is the most common adult muscular dystrophy, and many patients with DM1 suffer from various sleep and respiratory disorders. In a study in the current issue of the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases, researchers found that because there is wide range of sleep problems, treatments do not fit a “one size fits all” model....
03 Jan 2017 - Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a progressive muscle disease affecting one in 3800-6300 live male births and leads to ambulatory loss, respiratory problems, cardiomyopathy, and early death of patients in their 20s or 30s. While incurable, multidisciplinary treatment can raise life expectancy into the fourth decade. However, in a survey across seven European countries, researchers found striking differences in access to appropriate care. There were significant inequities between different countries and different age groups, which would likely lead to different health outcomes....
New Method to Grow and Transplant Muscle Stem Cells Holds Promise for Treatment of Muscular Dystrophy
28 Jun 2016 - Satellite cells are stem cells found in skeletal muscles. While transplantation of such muscle stem cells can be a potent therapy for degenerative muscle diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, these cells tend to lose their transplantation efficiency when cultured in vitro. In a study in the current issue of the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases, researchers treated these stem cells with leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF), which effectively maintained the undifferentiated state of the satellite cells and enhanced their transplantation efficiency. ...
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24 Jun 2014 - Although significant progress has been made over the last 25 years to identify genetic abnormalities associated with congenital myasthenic syndromes (CMS), many patients remain genetically undiagnosed. A report in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases identifies a gene defect in mitochondria, specifically the citrate carrier SLC25A1, that may underlie deficits in neuromuscular transmission seen in two siblings....