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Meet the lab’s two new members

Our lab is growing! We are excited to introduce two new members who have joined the Lochmüller lab this winter. Daniel O'Neil Daniel holds a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa. During his undergraduate studies, he worked with Dr. Alexandre Blais’s laboratory where he studied the role of...
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New publication: Modulation of the Acetylcholine Receptor Clustering Pathway Improves Neuromuscular Junction Structure and Muscle Strength in a Mouse Model of CMS

Our new paper, spearheaded by our lab manager Dr Spendiff, is now available online at Frontiers Molecular Neuroscience. This project is a product of an ongoing collaboration with the Zürich-based biotech company Neurotune AG. Neurotune AG’s drug NT1654 has shown efficacy in a number of animal models with muscle weakness,...
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Invitation to submit to special issues of the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases

The Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases has two exciting special issues that are open for submission of NMD research papers. One is a special issue dedicated to sharing unexpected or ‘negative’ data, and the other is a celebration of Prof. Terence Partridge’s career in the field of myogenesis and skeletal muscle...
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Latest edition of the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases now online – Sep 2020

A new issue of the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases has recently been released. Read it below: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases: Volume 7, issue 4 *Hanns is joint editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases, together with Carsten Bönnemann of the NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.   Articles...
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Meet the lab’s three new members

Our lab is growing! We are excited to introduce three new members who have joined the Lochmüller lab this summer. Kiran Polavarapu Dr Kiran Polavarapu completed his PhD in 2019 at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in India. He is an M.B.B.S (Bachelor of Medicine and...
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Treatabolome presentations now online

Within the European Solve-RD project, we participate in work to create a "treatabolome" - a database of evidence for treatments for rare disorders linked to the precise genetic defect. Many rare diseases do have treatments available, but frequently there is a substantial delay before patients affected by the disease receive...
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New publications on neuromuscular transmission defects: international collaboration helps find answers

In rare diseases like the congenital myasthenic syndromes and other disorders of neuromuscular transmission, research results are frequently the result of international collaboration. Patients may be seen in clinic in one country, their DNA sequenced in another country, and the data analysed in a third, or researchers from multiple countries...
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Latest edition of the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases now online – Jun 2020

A new issue of the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases has recently been released. Read it below: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases: Volume 7, issue 3 (click to view it at the journal website) *Hanns is joint editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases, together with Carsten Bönnemann of the NIH National...
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The Lochmüller Lab on Lockdown

While the pandemic is still not over in Canada, and Ontario’s state of emergency will not be lifted before the end of June at the earliest, preparations are underway at the CHEO Research Institute to allow some research to restart in a carefully phased process over the coming weeks and...
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Awards success for Lochmüller Lab researchers

We are very pleased to announce the success of several Lochmüller Lab team members in recent fellowship and scholarship competitions. Jarred Lau Master's student Jarred Lau received a Scholarship in Translational Research (STaR) award from the Éric Poulin Centre for Neuromuscular Disease. Jarred is investigating novel...
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New publication: Advances in the diagnosis of inherited neuromuscular diseases and implications for therapy development

The neuromuscular field has seen rapid advances in recent years thanks to the increased use of next-generation sequencing and additional omics technologies like RNA sequencing and proteomics. Together with colleagues from Ottawa, Germany and the UK, we were delighted to write a new review for the Lancet Neurology in which...
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Latest edition of the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases now online – Apr 2020

A new issue of the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases has recently been released. Read it below: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases: Volume 7, issue 2   *Hanns is joint editor in chief of the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases, together with Carsten Bönnemann of the NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and...
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On #RareDiseaseDay, ENMC launches white paper for shared decision making in NMD research

Two years ago, the European Neuromuscular Centre (ENMC) held a special meeting to explore the position of neuromuscular patients in Shared-Decision-Making (SDM) and develop recommendations. One of the most effective examples of patient involvement in the neuromuscular research field is the ENMC itself. Co-founded by a group of patient organisations...
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New pan-Canadian neuromuscular network unites doctors, researchers and patients for better research and care

Network lead Dr Hanns Lochmüller In case you missed it! Exciting news for Canadian NMD networking. We're excited to share news of the launch of our new pan-Canadian network on neuromuscular disease funded by CIHR and Muscular Dystrophy Canada. This is a great opportunity to develop...
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Good things come in 3s: New publications arising from EU funded collaborations on biomarker research and discovery

We are pleased to have been involved in this trio of papers examining biomarkers and genetic modifiers in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD). These studies were based on collaborative work under the BIO-NMD project led led by Alessandra Ferlini and funded by the European Union's Seventh...
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Walk for Muscular Dystrophy Announce Dates and Times Across Canada

Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC) have announced the dates and times of their annual Walk for Muscular Dystrophy in more than 40 locations across Canada. Funds raised from these community events are used to support Canadians with neuromuscular diseases and their families. Last year millions of dollars was invested in equipment...