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University of Utah – Program for Inherited Neuromuscular Disorders

15 North 2030 East
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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Our mission at UPIN is to improve the lives of men, women, and children with inherited nerve or muscle disorders through cutting edge, multidisciplinary care and translational research. Our work focuses on Neuromuscular Disorders in both children and adults. The disorders we treat include all forms of muscular dystrophy, spinal muscle atrophy, and hereditary neuropathies.

The Utah Program for Inherited Neuromuscular Disorders focuses on translational research in muscular dystrophies, inherited neuropathies, and spinal muscular atrophy. This means that our team of researchers takes information learned in cell culture and other model systems to develop a better understanding of these diseases and applies that knowledge back to study participants and clinic patients. Specific projects that are currently ongoing include a study to understand how myotonic dystrophy progresses during childhood, and RNA splicing experiments to understand the disease mechanism in childhood. 

We also participate in a surveillance program for muscular dystrophies using the Utah Population database. Finally, we conduct a number of therapeutic trials aimed to treat inherited nerve and muscle disorders. Overall, the research program benefits from diverse expertise aimed at treating these debilitating conditions.