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The FSH Society is a nonprofit, patient-driven organization supporting research and education for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), one of the most prevalent forms of muscular dystrophy. Progress on FSHD could benefit a wide range of other areas of medicine, from cancer and diabetes to muscle regeneration and repair. We help patients and families through education and outreach; fund scientific research that is rigorously reviewed by our world-class Scientific Advisory Board; and advocate for increased government and industry investment in research and therapy development.

As long as we are here, no patient need ever face this disease alone. And with generous donations from patients, families, friends, major donors, and sponsors, the FSH Society will keep working to accelerate research leading to treatments.

Our Vision: To deliver treatments and a cure for FSH muscular dystrophy.


The FSH Society established an FSHD research program at a time when none existed, by recruiting scientists and advocating for FSHD research. The Society has funded over $6.85 million in research grants, which have been leveraged to over $94 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health and other organizations. Our efforts have resulted in:

  • passage of the MD-CARE Act mandating federal action on all muscular dystrophies
  • the discovery of the genetic causes of FSHD
  • understanding of how the genetic defects lead to expression of a toxic gene
  • high-throughput drug screening to identify potential treatments
  • the development of FSHD animal models
  • induced pluripotent stem cell lines for drug screening and gene therapy
  • applications of genomic engineering aimed at blocking the genetic defect in FSHD
  • the development of biomarkers, imaging markers and clinical trial endpoints
  • publication in 2015 of the first evidence-based FSHD care guideline.

Research initiated by the FSH Society led to the discovery of a specific genetic “package” called DUX4 associated with FSHD. An international team discovered a second gene, SMCHD1, that causes FSHD Type 2.


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Bid to help FSH!

The FSH Society has been awarded Charity Navigator's Four-Star Award for the eighth consecutive year, ranking it among the top 2 percent of U.S. charities for exceptional fiscal performance and transparency. 87% of every dollar raised goes directly to programs serving FSHD patients and research.