Recruitment Request: Understanding patients’ and carers’ decision making in Spinal Muscular Atrophy Care

Associate Professor Michelle Farrar and colleagues from Sydney Children’s Hospital (Randwick) are conducting a new research project to lean more about what factors are important when making decisions related to treatment for  spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). They are seeking the views of parents/carers of people with SMA, health care providers and the wider community. Please find attached more […]

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CMTPedS calculator now online!

Professor Joshua Burns and the Centre of Research Excellence in Neuromuscular Disorders have just finalised a new calculation tool to measure the level of disability in children with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT). The CMTPedS Calculator is a user-friendly online tool developed to support the CMT Pediatric Scale, which collects validated measures of strength, dexterity, sensation, gait, […]

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Lifeline for Pompe disease patients

RCH clinicians have worked with the Australian Pompe Association, drug company Genzyme and the Federal government to achieve government-subsidised treatment for late-onset Pompe disease. 12-year-old patient Christian Rivera received his first infusion at the RCH last week. The federal government has listed the only registered treatment for Pompe disease, Myozyme (alglucosidase alfa), on the Life […]

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Development of Allied Health and Nursing Best Practice Guidelines for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

The development of the Duchenne muscular dystrophy clinical practice guideline is currently underway utilising an NHMRC guided process. In keeping with this process, a call for committee members to join the scientific steering group is now open. We would welcome your participation. The guideline development process involves a number of steps. As a snapshot, the […]

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Allied Health and Nursing Alliance (AHNA)

The Allied Health and Nursing Alliance (AHNA) has now been established! We are seeking new members to join our dynamic team to work towards providing one Australasian voice for the Allied Health and Nursing care and research of patients with neuromuscular disorders. Please visit our AHNA webpage for further details: http://www.ann.org.au/allied-health-and-nursing-alliance-ahna/.  

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Early Access Program for Nusinersen

Early Access Program for Nusinersen   There has been a lot of activity in the clinical trial space for the treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) over the last two years, and Nusinersen, has been identified as the first effective drug to treat SMA Type 1.   Developed in California, Nusinersen (know in the USA […]

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INMR diagnostic meetings schedule

Please see below for dates of The Institute for Neuroscience and Muscle Research (INMR) at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead diagnostic meetings schedule. Genetic Muscle Disease Diagnostic Meeting: As we move away from tissue diagnosis towards genetic diagnosis, this forum is to discuss difficult cases and to pool thoughts on the interpretation of results (incorporating […]

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