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Discovery Points to Innovative New Way to Treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy


Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa have discovered a new way to treat the loss of muscle function caused by Duchenne muscular dystrophy in animal models of the disease. As reported in Cell Stem Cell, the team restored muscle stem cell function that is impaired in Duchenne muscular dystophy, resulting in efficient regeneration of the muscle and preventing the progressive loss of muscle strength characteristic of the disease.

“This is a huge step forward in developing a new approach for treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy,” said Dr. Michael Rudnicki, senior scientist and Director of the Regenerative Medicine Program at The Ottawa Hospital and a professor at the University of Ottawa. “We were able to preserve the muscle strength and function that are usually lost over time in this disease.”

Discovery Points To Innovative New Way To Treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy