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Japanese company to start exon-53 skipping trial (morpholino)

Started May 9, 2013 0 Replies

A Japanese company has announced that it is starting a clinical trial for an exon 53 skipping morpholino. I don't have any more details beyond this notice, but would think it's highly unlikely that…Continue

Muscle function recovery in golden retriever muscular dystrophy after AAV1-U7 exon skipping

Started Sep 18, 2012 0 Replies

French investigators have demonstrated that antisense oligos delivered with a gene therapy approach can improve muscle function and structure over the short term in dogs that lack dystrophin,…Continue

Tags: oligos, gene therapy, exon skipping, dystrophin & utrophin

Connect Meeting Scientific Conference--Informal Poll

Started this discussion. Last reply by Luis Cordero Feb 3, 2011. 6 Replies

Hi Everyone-- We are in the process of planning for next year's Connect conference (already!) and I would really appreciate some feedback from some of you who attended the conference in Denver this…Continue

Research presentations at the Connect Conference

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ofelia Marin Jun 30, 2010. 7 Replies

 We are just putting the final touches on the agenda for both the Connect Conference and the first annual DMD Therapeutic Development conference.   Both conferences will take place in parallel in…Continue

 

Sharon Hesterlee, PhD, Sr Director of Research

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About me:
I joined PPMD at the start of 2010 after 11 years developing and overseeing the translational research program at the Muscular Dystrophy Association. I'm thrilled to be able to focus all of my time just on DMD/BMD and can promise you that I'm always thinking about your sons.
About my family:
My very patient husband Scott is the Curator at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson and is frequently "Mr. Mom" when I'm out of town. Our son Pierce is five--he has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
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Satish left a comment for Sharon Hesterlee
"Hi Sharon, Thanks for all the help that PPMD has been offering. My son (4.5 years old) has regular duplication of exon 51-55. Can you please help me find any clinical trials that he can participate in. Thanks, Satish"
Jul 23

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Sharon Hesterlee commented on Sharon Hesterlee's blog post No Exon Left Behind
"Hi Kimmy:  Neither Prosensa nor Sarepta are working on an exon 43 skip.  If you want to email me privately and tell me what your son's deletion is, I would be happy to look at the options.  Sharon@parentprojectmd.org. Sharon"
Jul 22
kimmy watters commented on Sharon Hesterlee's blog post No Exon Left Behind
" hi sharon i have question  exon skipping   43  are the drug company  began  trails  in  jan 2015"
Jul 22

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Sharon Hesterlee commented on Sharon Hesterlee's blog post No Exon Left Behind
"David:  Prosensa is using the mouse to work out the details for a multi-exon skip that has never been demonstrated before (for these particular exons).  They are also continuing to move forward several clinical trials for single…"
Jul 22

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Sharon Hesterlee commented on Sharon Hesterlee's blog post No Exon Left Behind
"Hi Rupjani: Exon-skipping is certainly not the only game in town and it's not our major focus as an organization.  We deliberately have a very diversified portfolio when it comes to therapy development because you really never know which…"
Jul 22
Rupjani B commented on Sharon Hesterlee's blog post No Exon Left Behind
"Hi Sharon! Thanks for this post. My son has a long chain deletion, exon 1 to 41. Three years back when my son was diagnosed I was told that my son was not eligible for exon skipping since he doesn't have exon 1. Since then my only hope is…"
Jul 22

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Sharon Hesterlee's blog post was featured

No Exon Left Behind

I'm often asked by parents to explain exon skipping. In fact, at last month's 20th Annual Connect Conference, after we announced a grant awarded to Dr. Judith van Deutekom, parents wanted…See More
Jul 21
David commented on Sharon Hesterlee's blog post No Exon Left Behind
"I hate to express disappointment on such a positive post overall. Really great how PPMD seeds the research. But to learn Prosensa going BACK TO MDX MOUSE AGAIN creates an anger in me I cannot contain. The worst deja vu ever. You don't have to…"
Jul 21

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Sharon Hesterlee posted a blog post

No Exon Left Behind

I'm often asked by parents to explain exon skipping. In fact, at last month's 20th Annual Connect Conference, after we announced a grant awarded to Dr. Judith van Deutekom, parents wanted…See More
Jul 21
RAJIV BEHL commented on Sharon Hesterlee's blog post New Duchenne Therapies in Development
"Dear Sir/Madam..my son is 6 years old having DMD Exon deletion 48-52 from india..request you to pls guide us for best trearment available for him.as now he walks/plays well and go to school but he feels problem to climb stairs...pls guide"
Jul 2
Dawn Steele commented on Sharon Hesterlee's blog post Increasing stem cell survival in Duchenne therapy
"Thank you.  I was just curious since I've read drug research being completed for Duchenne.  My understanding my son's mutation isn't part of the current research being completed with the exon crossing.  So, was…"
Jun 28

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Sharon Hesterlee commented on Sharon Hesterlee's blog post Increasing stem cell survival in Duchenne therapy
"Yes, we are funding Dr. Rita Perlingeiro at the university of Minnesota to develop induced pluripotent stem cells for duchenne. She extracts fibroblasts, converts them to muscle stem cells and then puts dystrophin back into the cells before…"
Jun 28
Dawn Steele commented on Sharon Hesterlee's blog post Increasing stem cell survival in Duchenne therapy
"Is there any more research going on in the stem cell testing to cure Duchenne?"
Jun 28

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Sharon Hesterlee replied to Jason Darienzo's discussion Santhera Announces Successful Outcome of Phase III Study with Catena®/Raxone® in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
"Hi Galia: Santhera is going to do a Webinar to update the community, time and date to be determined, but my sense was that it will be no earlier than July.  We will certainly advertise it on the Community site, our Web site and Facebook when…"
Jun 2

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Sharon Hesterlee replied to Dawn Jones's discussion still waiting on official diagnosis
"So he would be too young for most trials but there will be some coming up soon for the little guys.  Hang in there! Sharon"
May 23

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Sharon Hesterlee replied to Dawn Jones's discussion still waiting on official diagnosis
"Dwan, how old is Spencer?  There are going to be multiple clinical trial opportunities in the near future-- you may have to travel a bit to participate, but there will be options.  The genetic testing will be important because some of the…"
May 22

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No Exon Left Behind

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 10:15am 6 Comments

I'm often asked by parents to explain exon skipping. In fact, at last month's 20th Annual Connect Conference, after we announced a grant awarded to Dr. Judith van…

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New Duchenne Therapies in Development

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 12:30pm 3 Comments

As we finalize the agenda for this year’s Connect Conference, I am once again amazed at how much of a challenge it is to squeeze in all of the talks on different therapeutic approaches to treating Duchenne—in fact, there are too many to cover comprehensively this year. Sometimes it’s good to remember that mutation-specific approaches like exon skipping, although promising and…

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PPMD Awards $100,000 in Exploratory Grants

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 11:42am 2 Comments

PPMD is thrilled to award two exploratory grants as part of our ongoing grant program. Peter Arthur of the University of Western Australia was awarded $50,000 to finish testing a molecule called procysteine in animal models in preparation for a human clinical trial. Procysteine is an antioxidant that has…

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Getting There Faster

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 3:45pm 4 Comments

PPMD’s research strategy has long had three distinct facets—to develop treatments Better, Faster, and Now. In the past, I have talked about how we have teamed up with TREAT-NMD to use its panel of experts on Duchenne and drug development to review projects with the goal of putting…

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At 2:18pm on July 23, 2014, Satish said…

Hi Sharon, Thanks for all the help that PPMD has been offering. My son (4.5 years old) has regular duplication of exon 51-55. Can you please help me find any clinical trials that he can participate in. Thanks, Satish

At 6:55pm on April 12, 2012, kimmy watters said…

  hi sharon i want  would like to say thank you very much for  working so hard to help our boys that one day we will find a cure   .  i have been  seeing lots  of  comments about the drug avi how  is going to help our boys and how soon will get it fda approve. thanks kimmy                  

At 7:22pm on November 29, 2011, kimmy watters said…

thank you sharon that explain alot i would to be able to watch the web on wed but  i am on dial up  very slow   but am great ful  it still work. i am also very exctied that about the ophan  drug. will that help alot of our boys. will it help them live longer.kimmy

At 6:44pm on November 28, 2011, kimmy watters said…

hi sharon my name is kimmy watters andi have a question,  the sweet young boy brady 14  lives ca.   what is the fat emoby   sorry  i do not spell well. he was such a sweet kid very handsome as well thank you kimmy watters

At 11:54am on October 6, 2011, Suphareck Ratiromphan said…
Moreover, are there any medicine or treament for slowing the progression of Duchenne for my brother??...
At 11:50am on October 6, 2011, Suphareck Ratiromphan said…

Dear...Sharon,

Thank you so much for all your supports and suggestions. It helps me and my family so much, especially about the heart specialist for my brother. I'm very appreciated for your kindness. If there's a chance that the community coming abroad to Thailand, that would be very great as well because there're actually alot of people who face difficulty with the Duchenne. Moreover, once again thank you so much. And, if there're any more problems or questions, would you mind to ask u again ??.

 

Sincerely yours,

At 8:22am on October 5, 2011, Suphareck Ratiromphan said…
Dear...Sharon,
My brother, he cannot walk anymore, cannot move any parts of his body except he can still shew some food, talk as normal people, and move his head. But he can't eat alot as others. Also, he cough alots. He needs to use the respirator all the time otherwise he's hard to breath by hisown. Unfortunately, there are not any treatments in Thailand. Therefore, he hasn't taken any medicine or done anything about medication. Several times, he can't breath so my parents take him to the hospital for getting some supplimentaly foods. Accordingly, What should i do??I really want him to do some treatments or make him be better.. Thank you for your kindness
At 8:22am on October 5, 2011, Suphareck Ratiromphan said…
Dear...Sharon,
My brother, he cannot walk anymore, cannot move any parts of his body except he can still shew some food, talk as normal people, and move his head. But he can't eat alot as others. Also, he cough alots. He needs to use the respirator all the time otherwise he's hard to breath by hisown. Unfortunately, there are not any treatments in Thailand. Therefore, he hasn't taken any medicine or done anything about medication. Several times, he can't breath so my parents take him to the hospital for getting some supplimentaly foods. Accordingly, What should i do??I really want him to do some treatments or make him be better.. Thank you for your kindness
At 8:35am on February 27, 2011, pop jarvis said…

If you are interested, please join in the discussion about electrostim treatment at  South Texas Innovative Medicine Discussion Forum.  My daughter has RSD and went to Dr Rhodes and STIM.  The "treatment" didn't work at all for her.  The STS has been on the market for almost a DECADE!   I'm suspicious that there's never "time" to assess the success rate data...

At 3:01pm on January 14, 2011, Jason Darienzo said…

Hi Sharon, NIH article http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2910579/  is about

preventing calcium leak in DMD significantly reduced muscle damage.

A company named Armgo Pharma inc. in New York State has 2 drugs in phase II trials in Europe for the heart muscle and 1 drug of muscles disorders in development.

Do you have any more info about this?

 
 
 

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