#202 Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy with Ann Martin and Madhuri Hegde

 
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Learn about a genetic disorder called duchenne muscular dystrophy! We explore the genetics of DMD and treatments available with two experts in the field.

We’re joined by genetic counselor, ​​Ann Martin, who serves as the VP of Community Research and Genetic Services at Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. Our other guest is world-renowned geneticist Dr. Madhuri Hegde from PerkinElmer Genomics. She is the Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Global Lab Services at PerkinElmer. You may remember her from Episode 177 of DNA Today, which was a really fun episode where we geeked out on the power of whole genome sequencing!

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On This Episode We Discuss:

DMD average age of onset, symptoms, and symptom progression

DMD prevalence and inheritance

Why it’s important for people to be offered carrier screening before they are trying to conceive

Reproductive options for people who are carriers of DMD

What symptoms carriers of DMD are at risk for

Getting the right testing for DMD

Current treatment approaches for DMD (EMFLAZA)

Ongoing clinical trials

PPMD’s guides for caregivers of newly diagnosed people

PerkinElmer Genomics’ free testing program, DeCode Duchenne

If you’re interested in learning more about Decode Duchenne, the free genetic testing, counseling, and education program offered through a joint partnership between PerkinElmer Genomics and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, visit their website.

We’d also like to feature a paper authored by one of our guests, Dr. Madhuri Hegde, about a single NGS-based assay that is highly sensitive for ​​diagnostic testing for DMD and is also suitable for confirmatory testing for newborn screening for DMD.

Keep up with our guests on social media! Follow Parent Project MD on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, Dr. Maduri Hegde on Twitter, and PerkinElmer Genomics on Twitter and Facebook.

If you found today’s episode topic interesting and you want to learn more about DMD, we also chatted with Rich Horgan of Cure Rare Diseases whose brother has DMD in Episode 156!

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