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Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation

a/k/a: SMAF

Address

888 Seventh Avenue
Suite 400
New York, NY 10019
USA

Phone

646-253-7100

Fax

212-247-3079

800 Number

877-386-3762

Email Address

info@smafoundation.org

Website

http://www.smafoundation.org

The Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation is a voluntary organization whose mission is to accelerate the development of a treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, the number one genetic killer of infants and toddlers. Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a group of inherited disorders characterized by a loss of certain nerve cells called motor neurons. Motor neurons transmit nerve impulses from the brain or spinal cord (brainstem) to muscle or glandular tissue. The loss of motor neurons leads to progressive muscle weakness and muscle wasting (atrophy) in muscles closest to the trunk of the body (proximal muscles) such as the shoulders, hips and back. These muscles are necessary for crawling, walking, sitting up and head control. The more severe types of SMA can affect muscles involved in feeding, swallowing and breathing.

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