We are Stronger than Duchenne

Support us as we fight to end Duchenne muscular dystrophy!

Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance

RideATAXIA Global Challenge

Join us to follow "Recumbent Kyle" around the world in 30 days as he tackles the ultimate ride to explore FA research across the world.

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Clinical Research Center

University of Florida College of Medicine

Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a research study that looks into the safety and usefulness of a drug in improving symptoms or slowing, stopping, or reversing the progression of a disease. Most drugs tested in clinical trials are not yet available to the public (Phase I, II, III studies) while some studies involve medications that are already available (Phase IV studies).

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FLORIDA PHYSICIAN FEATURES

DOUG BENNETT, BILL LEVESQUE

Written in our DNA

UF researchers’ groundbreaking work from 1980s leads to new treatment for debilitating neuromuscular disease

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MEGAN D. KIMMEL

Bright star in fight against rare disease

Dr. Barry Byrne has a unique ability to inspire others as he fights for his patients’ lives

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MELANIE STAWICKI AZAM

Breathing free again

UF performs first diaphragm pacing surgery on a patient with Pompe disease

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PRISCILLA SANTOS

The promise of a new home

The Fox family not only found a new home in Gainesville, they found new hope.

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Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinic

UF Health Shands Hospital

Center for Pediatric Neuromuscular and Rare Diseases

The pediatric neuromuscular program at UF Health Shands Hospital offers one-stop access to comprehensive care, including leading-edge diagnostic techniques, medical treatments and research. Our neuromuscular program cares for infants, children and teens with neuromuscular disorders.

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Our Director

Barry J. Byrne, MD, PhD

Dr. Barry Byrne is the Associate Chair of Pediatrics and Director of the Powell Gene Therapy Center. He obtained his B.S. degree from Denison University, his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He completed his Pediatrics residency, cardiology fellowship training and post-doctoral training in Biological Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He joined the University of Florida in 1997 and is now the Earl and Christy Powell University Chair in Genetics.

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Powell Center for Rare Disease research

Clinical Research

Our research team conduct various clinical trials, working to identify improved therapies. As a result of this research, our patients are among the first to benefit from new discoveries.

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CENTER FOR PEDIATRIC NEUROMUSCULAR AND RARE DISEASES

Neuromuscular Program

Management of neuromuscular disorders requires multidisciplinary expertise. The pediatric neuromuscular program at UF Health Shands Hospital offers one-stop access to comprehensive care, including leading-edge diagnostic techniques, medical treatments and research.

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Neuromuscular Rehabilitation

Consistent and frequent neuromuscular rehabilitation is one of the few treatments, at this time, for all with a neuromuscular disease. It’s important through all stages and ages to potentially delay progression of the disease.

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Partner NEWS

UF Innovate

Gene Therapy Company AavantiBio Launches With $107 Million Series A Financing

Headquartered in the greater Boston area, AavantiBio is co-founded by renowned gene therapy researchers Barry Byrne, M.D., Ph.D., and Manuela Corti, P.T., Ph.D., who together bring thirty years of experience to the Company.

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Sarepta Therapeutics

Sarepta Therapeutics and University of Florida Announce Collaboration

Sarepta Therapeutics Inc., the leader in precision genetic medicine for rare diseases, and the University of Florida today announced a strategic collaboration to enable cutting-edge research for novel genetic medicines. Through the agreement, Sarepta will fund multiple research programs at the University, and will have an exclusive option to further develop any new therapeutic compounds that result from the funded research programs.

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Education Matters

Parent Project msucular Dystrophy

Duchenne Resources for Back-To-School

As the beginning of the school year quickly approaches, PPMD is working to support your family and help you plan for a successful classroom experience, whether it be in-person or virtual.

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Wellstone Cooperative

University of FloRIda

Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center

This MDCRC is organized around the concept that limiting fibrosis in the muscular dystrophies.

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