Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy

Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is a progressive muscle wasting disease that weakens the face, arm and shoulders. The condition affects more than 1000 people in Australia and currently has no treatment or cure.


Our researchers are making critical discoveries about the cause of FSHD that could lead to therapies for this debilitating condition.

FSHD research at WEHI

Our researchers are:

  • investigating the genes that are dysfunctional in people with FSHD
  • studying the epigenetic pathways that contribute to FSHD
  • performing screens to find drugs to treat or prevent FSHD

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