Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disorder that primarily causes the degeneration of major muscle groups. It’s caused by the absence of an essential sarcolemma protein called Dystrophin due to mutations in its gene that is in the X-chromosome. DMD affects 1 out of 4,000 boys worldwide with most being diagnosed between ages 3-5 and if left untreated, most patients would succumb to the disorder by their late teens or early twenties. While there currently isn’t a cure for DMD, there are different treatments available that are effective in prolonging patients’ lives.

Because DMD is such a deadly disorder, it is important for current and future patients to understand their disorder as soon as possible in order to prepare themselves for whatever the future may hold for them. Currently, there are many information resources about the disorder online. However, most of this information caters to adult audiences, like the parents of DMD patients, and there are very few that cater specifically to the young patients themselves. For this reason, I created an animated educational video about DMD for young patients, so they would be properly educated about the disorder.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Duchenne muscular dystrophy--Juvenile films; Duchenne muscular dystrophy--Study and teaching (Elementary); Educational films; Computer animation

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Medical Illustration(MFA)

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Medical Illustration (CHST)


James Perkins

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Craig Foster

Advisor/Committee Member

Emma Ciafaloni


RIT – Main Campus

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