College Course Offered in Duchenne

A course on Duchenne is being offered by the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus and is open to the public via real-time streaming and podcastsPPMD President Pat Furlong will be a featured lecturer in April. The course runs Jan. 9 - April 17, 2014, and is taught on the Columbus campus in Parks Hall, Thursdays, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. 

The course will be overseen by Drs. Denis Guttridge and Jill Rafael-Fortney from the Ohio State University. Each lecture will be given by a different Duchenne or muscle disease expert or advocate. Classes will be devoted to skeletal muscle and its disorders through the perspective of DMD. Lecturers will explain the clinical aspects of this disease and research being pursued in the laboratory and clinic, as well as the basic structure, function and molecular mechanisms of skeletal muscles. 


View the course live or by podcast 

Visit on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.  Click the event with the corresponding date in the “Upcoming & Live Events” section. To view a past lecture, click the desired event in the “Archived Events” section. Questions can also be asked during a live lecture by simply typing in the comment box below the video. These will be answered by the lecturer if time permits.


Podcasts will also be posted and archived on the home page of the Center for Muscle Health and Neuromuscular Disorders




Jan 9

  • Clinical/genetics/diagnosis overview  - Kevin Flanigan, M.D.
  • History of dystrophin gene cloning - Arthur Burghes, Ph.D.


Jan 16

  • Overview of skeletal and cardiac muscle physiology and measurements - Paul Janssen, Ph.D.


Jan 23

  • Histopathology/ pathophysiology overview - Zarife Sahenk, M.D., Ph.D. / Jill Rafael-Fortney, Ph.D.


Jan 30

  • Dystrophin glycoprotein complex discovery and associations - Rachelle Crosbie, Ph.D. (UCLA)


Feb 6

  • Cardiomyopathy - Subha Raman, M.D.


Feb 13


Feb 20

  • Summary of preclinical and transgenic models - Jill Rafael-Fortney, Ph.D.


Feb 27

  • Membrane damage and repair - Noah Weisleder, Ph.D.


Mar 6

  • Glycosylation and membrane stabilization - Paul Martin, Ph.D.


Spring Break (Mar 13)


Mar 20

  • Inflammation - Jim Tidball, Ph.D. (UCLA)


Mar 27

  • Signaling pathways - Denis Guttridge, Ph.D.


Apr 3

  • Fibrosis - Federica Montanaro, Ph.D.


Apr 10

  • Gene therapy/ exon skipping/ pre/neonatal-testing - Jerry Mendell, M.D.


Apr 17

  • Perspective from a parent and advocate - Pat Furlong, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

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Comment by Nancy Wilke on January 16, 2014 at 6:07pm
Thank you so much for offering this to all of us. My grandson has Duchenne and I want to be as informed about this awful disease as I can.
Comment by David on January 15, 2014 at 10:39am
As someone who has become acquainted with OSU through clinical trials, I can say with great conviction that they are a shining example for the DMD community. They understand that investment in chemicals and machines and computers is not enough. The cure to DMD is in a young scientists brain right now, who will help them find it?

Comment by Karen O. Burch on January 14, 2014 at 3:24pm

Thank you for posting  the lecture right in the syllabus.  It made it so easy to access.

Comment by PPMD on January 14, 2014 at 1:31pm

Hi Karen - It looks like the Jan 9th session is already available:

Comment by Karen O. Burch on January 14, 2014 at 1:07pm

When will the archived individual lectures be available to view?

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