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Vandenborne’s MRI Technology A Potential Breakthrough for DMD Treatments


  • In April at the American Academy of Neurology 70th Annual meeting, it was reported that the drug edasalonexent showed a remarkable impact on the treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).
  • Through the efforts of Dr. Krista Vandenborne, professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, her MRI technology was able to collect data on young boys (3-7 years old) with DMD to measure the earliest changes in muscle — detecting effects of the disease before intervention is too late to take effect.
  • Pharmaceutical companies are incorporating MRI techniques into their drug development programs.
  • Any improvement in DMD pathology at this young age has the potential to improve the long-term disease trajectory and outlook of children with DMD.