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.


Inclusion body myositis researchers!

Apply now for a $100,000 IBM research grant!


Cure IBM rode for research in the Million Dollar Bike Ride in Philadelphia, PA, on Saturday, June 8, 2019!

Team Cure IBM exceeded expectations by raising enough money to fund a $102,430 grant for inclusion body myositis research. Our first participation in this annual event was a smashing success, and we have high hopes of a return performance next year. Thirty riders traveled to Philadelphia to be part of the inclusion body myositis cycling team, including many novice riders. It was great fun and extremely rewarding. Thank you to everyone who joined us in Philadelphia, and to everyone who donated. It was a team effort! We have high hopes of being invited back to participate again next year, so stay tuned for updates.

IBM researchers: Letters of Intent (LOIs) are now being accepted. The LOI deadline is September 23, 2019, and the Proposal Due Date is October 24, 2019. The grant is being administered by the Orphan Disease Center at the University of Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit the following webpage:



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.

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