Research

Utah Program for Inherited Nerve and Muscle disorders focuses on translational research in the muscular dystrophies, inherited neuropathies, and spinal muscular atrophy.  This means that our team of researchers takes information learned in cell culture and other model systems to develop a better understanding of these diseases and applies that knowledge back to study participants and clinic patients.  Specific projects that are currently ongoing include a study to understand how myotonic dystrophy progresses during childhood, and RNA splicing experiments to understand the disease mechanism in childhood.  We also participate in a surveillance program for muscular dystrophies using the Utah Population database.  Finally, we conduct a number of therapeutic trials aimed to treat inherited nerve and muscle disorders.  Overall, the research program benefits from diverse expertise aimed at treating these debilitating conditions.