Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM)

Inclusion body myositis is a rare, little known muscle disease, with no effective drug treatment.

Cure IBM is dedicated to inclusion body myositis awareness, education, and research.

Whether you are a patient or a physician, we hope to provide the information you need.

Cure IBM believes it’s time for change!

  • Time for increased awareness
  • Time for prompt and accurate diagnosis
  • Time for research
  • Time for treatment and a cure

Inclusion body myositis, sometimes called sporadic inclusion body myositis, causes gradually worsening muscle weakness, usually starting after the age of 40 or 50. Many people slowly progress from normal walking, to using a cane, then a walker, and finally a wheelchair over a time period of about 15 years, although this is extremely variable. Hand function worsens. Many people with IBM eventually become disabled, in some cases losing the ability to move their arms and legs, and also the ability to swallow. The age of onset and the rate of progression vary significantly from patient to patient.

The cause is unknown. The disease is characterized by muscle inflammation and muscle degeneration, but it has not been determined if the inflammation causes the degeneration, or if the degeneration causes the inflammation, or if something else starts the disease process.

Scientists and doctors are studying IBM, but they need more support. The disease is little known and underfunded, even when compared with other rare diseases. We have the tools. Research techniques have improved tremendously. Lack of money is the main obstacle slowing research progress. Now is the time to make a difference!

Introduction to Inclusion Body Myositis

What is IBM? Who gets it? How common is it?

Diagnosing IBM

The diagnosis of inclusion body myositis is based on symptoms of muscle weakness, physical exam findings, and several additional tests.

Treating IBM

Inclusion body myositis has no generally effective medical therapy, but many things can be done to improve the lives of people with IBM.

The Cure IBM Blog

Running for Hope: Inspiration from Martin Jarry

His muscles are being destroyed by a disease called inclusion body myositis (IBM), but Martin Jarry is resilient. After recovering from the shock of his diagnosis, he began to fight back, working to increase public awareness of myositis and to bring hope to other...

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Rapamycin and Inclusion Body Myositis

From the soil of Easter Island to the clinics of Paris, the journey of rapamycin to its current position as a potential treatment for sporadic inclusion body myositis is a fascinating story of scientific discovery. A recent clinical trial provided encouraging results,...

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Welcome to the Cure IBM Blog!

  The purpose of the Cure IBM Blog is to share news and information about the muscle disease, inclusion body myositis (IBM). Articles will discuss research findings, clinical trials, medical information, meetings and events, motivational stories, caregiving, and...

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