There are many different types of neuromuscular disease (NMDs) affecting different muscles. They are usually progressive conditions so the affected muscles get weaker as time goes on. NMDs can affect anyone although some forms are more prevalent in some groups (Duchenne muscular dystrophy nearly always affects boys for example).
Usually, NMDs affect mobility although some forms are much more severe than others. In recent years, a great deal of research has been undertaken to distinguish between the different forms of NMDs caused by different genetic mutations. An excellent resource of information about different forms of NMD can be found on the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign's website.
The BIO-NMD project is searching for biomarkers in biomaterial samples from patients diagnosed with specific forms of neuromuscular disease, namely:
Collagen VI-related myopathies which include