Date(s) - 27 Jun 2012
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Rose Theatre, Kingston
The Kingston University Rose Award Lecture Series presents:
Progress in Therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy -
a Reason for Optimism
|What:||Progress in Therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - A Reason for Optimism|
|Who:||Professor Dame Kay E Davies CBE, FRS, F.MedSci, Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics, Oxford University. MRC, Functional Genomics Unit.|
|When:||27 June 2012 16:00 – 17:30|
|Where:||Rose Theatre, Kingston|
Who should attend?
The event is FREE and open to the general public and those in fields related to the topic.
Overview of the Kingston University Rose Award Lecture Series
The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing at Kingston University is running a series of lectures on high profile topics, delivered by key professionals and academics in their field. Each event will also provide opportunities to network, exchange ideas and to engage with the local community.
Professor Davies will discuss Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) – a rare genetic condition with devastating progressive muscle wasting for which there is no cure. DMD affects approximately 1 in every 3,500 boys. Girls can be affected but this is a very rare condition and their systems are usually less severe than boys. Patients are usually confined to a wheelchair before the age of twelve and die in their late teens or early twenties, usually of respiratory failure. A milder form of the disease, Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) has a later onset and a much longer survival. Both disorders are neuromuscular conditions caused by the lack of a protein called dystropoin.
Before the advent of DNA technology, carrier detection for the disease was unreliable and prenatal diagnosis was not possible. Now, using DNA markers, these diagnostic tests are now routine. There have been many advances in the management of Duchenne in recent years.
More information on the lecture is available here.
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