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Paula R. Clemens, MD

Healthcare Provider
Medical Director, Cooperative International Neuromuscular Research Group (CINRG)
Professor and Vice Chair of Neurology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
A506 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Dr. Paula R. Clemens is a clinician and scientist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In addition to her university-based practice and research efforts, she directs the in-patient and out-patient neurology clinical teaching service at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

Dr. Clemens has particular expertise in the care of adults with neuromuscular diseases such as Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy, myotonic dystrophy, and spinal muscular atrophy. She has further expertise in the management and enzyme replacement treatment of patients with late-onset Pompe disease.

Dr. Clemens’ primary research focus is a translational approach to advance the understanding and treatment of muscular dystrophy disorders, with a particular emphasis on the allelic disorders of Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy.


Representative Publications:

Large-scale serum protein biomarker discovery in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

CINRG Duchenne Natural History Study demonstrates insufficient diagnosis and treatment of cardiomyopathy in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

The cooperative international neuromuscular research group duchenne natural history study—a longitudinal investigation in the era of glucocorticoid therapy: design of protocol and the methods used

The cooperative international neuromuscular research group Duchenne natural history study: glucocorticoid treatment preserves clinically meaningful functional milestones and reduces rate of disease progression as measured by manual muscle testing and other commonly used clinical trial outcome measures.

Parental attitudes toward newborn screening for Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy