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CMT1 May Have Increased Boy’s Susceptibility to Rare Eye Palsy

A boy who experienced oculomotor nerve palsy, a rare condition affecting a nerve that controls eye movements, was later diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1 (CMT1), a case study reports. Although the two conditions may have been coincidental, researchers noted the underlying nerve damage due to CMT may have…

Project Seeks Way to Deliver Therapies to Peripheral Nerves

The CMT Research Foundation has awarded nearly $100,000 to support a project that is seeking a better way to deliver treatments to peripheral nerve tissue. “If successful, this work will provide the evidence for further development of this novel approach to overcoming the drug delivery challenge in CMT,” Susan…

Rare Disease Groups in US Join in Plea for Care Across State Lines

Over 230 national organizations signed a letter urging all 50 U.S. state governors to “maintain and expand” flexibility with licensure requirements for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic to ease access to care. During the pandemic, governors used emergency authority to waive certain state licensure requirements, giving healthcare providers…

Grant Will Further Research of Dental Pulp Stem Cells in CMT1A

A researcher from Belgium who is developing a new cell-based model for Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease has been awarded nearly $99,000 to further her research. The grant from the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association Strategy to Accelerate Research (CMTA-STAR) has been awarded to Esther Wolfs, PhD, at Hasselt University in Belgium, according…

Walking Test Can Assess Aerobic Capacity of CMT1A Patients

People with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A (CMT1A) show a poorer performance in cardiopulmonary exercise testing using a stationary bicycle relative to healthy individuals, a study shows. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) is a non-invasive assessment of the cardiopulmonary system at rest and during exercise. Notably, this poorer performance appeared to be…

CMTA Hosting 20th Patient/Family Conference Online on Nov. 6

The Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA) will hold its 20th annual Patient/Family Conference — designed to empower and connect the Charcot-Marie-Tooth community and share the latest scientific breakthroughs and resources in managing the disease — virtually on Nov. 6. This marks the second year in a row that the conference will…

CMT Association, Applied Team Up on Therapy for New Subtype

A new partnership is seeking to identify people with a mutation in the sorbitol dehydrogenase (SORD) gene — the cause of a newly identified type of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) — who may be eligible for clinical trials investigating potential treatments for this recessive subtype. In this collaboration, the Charcot–Marie–Tooth…