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Matthew Harms, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology
CUIMC/Neurological Institute of New York
710 West 168th Street
New York, New York, United States

Matthew Harms, MD is an Associate Professor of Neurology. Dr. Harms completed neuromuscular medicine and clinical neurophysiology fellowships under the mentorship of Dr. Alan Pestronk at Washington University in St. Louis. His clinical training in neuromuscular diseases led him into the laboratory of Dr. Robert Baloh, where his Post-doctoral research identified the genes responsible for two orphan human diseases- Dominant Spinal Muscular Atrophy with lower extremity predominance and Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Type 1D.

Dr. Harms joined the neuromuscular medicine faculty at Washington University in 2009 with board certifications in neurology, clinical neurophysiology, and neuromuscular medicine. In 2011, Dr. Harms assumed leadership of the Washington University Neuromuscular Genetics Project and established his research laboratory to continue harnessing emerging genetic technologies to understand the causes of inherited neuromuscular diseases. The lab focuses on diseases of the motor neuron, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal muscular atrophy, and the hereditary motor neuropathies. 


Representative Publications:

Novel Mutations Expand the Clinical Spectrum of DYNC1H1-Associated Spinal Muscular Atrophy

A Dominant Mutation in FBXO38 Causes Distal Spinal Muscular Atrophy With Calf Predominance

Mutations in the Tail Domain of DYNC1H1 Cause Dominant Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Dominant Spinal Muscular Atrophy With Lower Extremity Predominance: Linkage To 14q32


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