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
Million Dollar Bike Ride Inclusion Body Myositis Research Grant
Team Cure IBM is riding again for IBM research in the Million Dollar Bike Ride in Philadelphia, PA, on Saturday, June 13, 2020!
Last year we exceeded expectations by raising enough money to fund a $102,430 grant for inclusion body myositis research, which has been awarded to Dr. Steven Greenberg of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. 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 need riders, fundraisers, and donors for this year’s ride.
For more information, read this Cure IBM blog article about Dr. Greenberg’s grant and the 2020 ride.
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?
The diagnosis of inclusion body myositis is based on symptoms of muscle weakness, physical exam findings, and several additional tests.
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
The 2019 Million Dollar Bike Ride grant of $102,340 for inclusion body myositis (IBM) research has been awarded to Dr. Steven A. Greenberg of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Greenberg will study, “Development of a Chemokine Targeted...
A recently published study finds that the Inclusion Body Myositis Functional Rating Scale (IBMFRS) does not correlate as well as expected with measures of grip strength and finger flexor strength. This suggests that the IBMFRS could be improved to more accurately...
Arimoclomol, an investigational drug currently in a Phase 2/3 trial for inclusion body myositis (IBM), has received Fast Track designation from the FDA for treatment of this disabling muscle disease. This designation is designed to shorten the time needed for the FDA...
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