Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders

  • ABC Nightline features volunteer Darius Weems

    Watch footage of the Thanksgiving special and read how Darius is raising awareness, funds, and hope for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

    Institute research volunteer Darius Weems to be featured on ABC’s Nightline
  • Patient Care

    An individual physical therapy plan is developed for each patient to maximize function.

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  • Clinical Research

    Patients have the opportunity to participate in clinical studies and drug trials at the Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders.

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  • Laboratory Research

    Laboratory research is focused on developing novel therapeutics to speed muscle regeneration.

    Laboratory Research
  • Duchenne with a Future: The Power to Live

    Runner-up at the 2012 Neuro Film Festival, Duchenne with a Future: The Power to Live features commentary by Kennedy Krieger's Dr. Kathryn Wagner.

Under the directorship of Dr. Kathryn Wagner, the Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders serves an important need within the muscle disorders community. It provides current interdisciplinary clinical care for patients by experts in muscle disease, while leading research programs to develop better and novel therapeutics to treat these disorders in the future. To accomplish these objectives, the Center has three arms: clinical care, clinical research and laboratory research.

The Muscle Disorders Clinic provides multi-disciplinary and individualized care for children and adults. Comprehensive care involves diagnosis and management of the disease by neurologists, cardiologists, pulmonologists, endocrinologists and rehabilitative therapists with muscle expertise. Unique strengths of the program include the option of participants to be involved in novel therapies and research, as well as their ability to remain in the program through the transition from childhood to adolescence and through adult life.

About Genetic Muscle Disorders

There are dozens of different forms of genetic disorders of muscle, many of which are rare in the overall population. Major categories include muscular dystrophy, congenital myopathy and metabolic myopathy. At Kennedy Krieger, we have expertise in, and welcome those with, both rare and common disorders of muscle. Visit the Programs & Services page for more information on some of the disorders of muscle we treat.

About the Center

The Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders provides expert care for children and adults who have, or are at risk of developing, a muscle disorder from genetic causes, no matter the severity. We see children and adults with a range of disorders and diagnoses.

I know that this is a place where my son will get the care he needs as he grows up. Kennedy Krieger is going to open so many doors for Collin. — Lilleen Walters, mother of patient