Alan Beggs is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a Research Associate at the Department of Medicine, Division of Genetics, Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA.
Dr. Beggs’ research is aimed at understanding the structures and function of the proteins that make up skeletal muscle fibers. Beggs and colleagues are taking two approaches to the problem. The first involves identifying and characterizing new skeletal muscle genes and proteins. The second entails identifying genetic mutations that cause human neuromuscular disease. These simultaneous approaches should enable them to correlate their basic muscle biology findings with their studies on muscle tissue in patients with neuromuscular diseases. The diseases under study include nemaline myopathy, myotubular myopathy, congenital fiber type disproportion (CFTC), multiminicore disease, and congenital myopathies with non-specific muscle findings.