MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular
dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The
Association also provides comprehensive health care and support
services, advocacy and education.
MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide
research, comprehensive medical and support services, and far-reaching
professional and public health education. With national headquarters in
Tucson, MDA has more than 200 local offices across the country,
sponsors some 200 medical clinics and supports more than 300 research
projects around the world.
MDA is the nation’s largest nongovernmental funder of scientific
research seeking better treatments and cures for the more than 40
neuromuscular diseases in its program. MDA has funded the discovery of
the genetic underpinnings of almost all diseases in its program —
including the muscular dystrophies, spinal muscular atrophy, ALS
(amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and several
other neuromuscular diseases — and treatments based on this knowledge
are being developed, with support from MDA.
The Association's comprehensive services program includes diagnostic
and follow-up medical consultations, flu shots, support groups, MDA
summer camps for youngsters, a national medical equipment program,
assistance with equipment repairs and modifications, and resource
Through its national advocacy program, MDA works to make life better
for people with muscular dystrophy and related muscle diseases by
providing representation in matters of public policy and research
advancement, nationally and internationally; and facilitating active
involvement in these areas by the people it serves.