Neuromuscular diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy lead to progressive muscle weakness and loss of functional mobility.
In particular, Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), which affects approximately 1 in 3,500 boys has devastating consequences in young boys. This degenerative disease is an X-linked chromosomal, recessive muscle disorder caused by the lack of a muscle protein (dystrophin). Boys with DMD experience a gradual decrease in their ability to walk and move as their muscles get weaker with time. Event though at this time their s no cure for the disease researcher are working hard towards a solution, and several therapeutic strategies are being pursued. The Neuromuscular Disease research team at UF, is recognized worldwide for its translational work in muscular dystrophy and the development of noninvasive imaging techniques to advance the field. This team consists of physical therapists, exercise physiologist, pediatricians, neurologist, physicists and engineers. More information on this important effort can be found on www.imagingdmd.org.