Myotonic dystrophy (DM) and facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) are inherited
disorders characterized by progressive muscle weakness and loss of muscle tissue. The purpose
of this registry is to connect people with DM or FSHD with researchers studying these
diseases. The registry will offer individuals with DM and FSHD an opportunity to participate
in research that focuses of their diseases. The registry will also help scientists to
accomplish research on DM and FSHD and to distribute their findings to patients and care
The National Registry of DM and FSHD Patients and Family Members was developed to create a
link between patients and scientists in order to promote research on these rare illnesses.
The Registry is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.
Patients that are interested in joining the Registry can email or call to request an
application or download the forms from the website (www.dystrophyregistry.org). The
Application packet contains:
- A Patient Information Form, which asks about your muscle strength, general health, and
how your disease affects your daily life
- A Medical Records Release Form, which allows us to contact your doctor and obtain
records about your diagnosis
- An informed Consent Form, which describes the study's purpose and what you can expect
while you are involved with the project.
After you are enrolled in the Registry, there are several ways to participate in research.
The activities include:
- Complete an annual update form to help us keep track of how your symptoms change over
- Receive updates about the progress of the Registry, research highlights, and other news
related to muscular dystrophy through newsletters, an email listserv, and Facebook.
- Receive letters from the Registry when researchers are looking for patients to take part
in studies. These projects may include filling out questionnaires, exploring new
treatments, and other types of research.
There is no obligation to participate in these activities. Taking part in any study or
filling out the annual updates are completely up to you.
- Diagnosed with DM, FSHD, or related diseases or are an unaffected family member of
someone diagnosed with one of these diseases
- No family history of DM, FSHD, or related diseases