Kennedy's Disease Association

A Public Benefit, Non-Profit Organization

"I had just been diagnosed with Kennedy's Disease and had no idea what it was or what to expect. The KDA maintains an excellent website that explains the disease. I found details on symptoms, the cause, and exercises I could do to maintain my strength."

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The KDA's mission is to inform, support, educate, fund research, and find a cure for Kennedy's Disease 

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Kennedy’s Disease (spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy) is an adult-onset “X” linked inherited disease with symptoms usually beginning to appear between the ages of 30 and 50.

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The Kennedy’s Disease Association has worked to educate others about this lesser-known disease and to support clinical research efforts.

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It takes an enormous amount of money to fund research…more than any of us can afford alone, but together, we are capable of great accomplishments.

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It is passed on from generation to generation in families worldwide. Males generally inherit the disease symptoms and females are the carriers.

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"Fun in the Sun and Living Well with KD"

 2019 KDA Conference, November 13 - 15, 2019. Orlando, Florida.

Click here for more information. To register, click here.


  • The 2018 Kennedy's Disease Conference research presentations and photos have been added to the website. To view, click here

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  • The European Neuro Muscular Centre lay report "Towards a European Unifying Lab for Kennedy's Disease" was published. The purpose of the lay report is to share information on the workshop with the lay community, i.e. the patients and their representatives.To view the report, click here.


  • New kennedy's Disease Research - Muscle and not neuronal biomarkers correlate with severity in spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy. To learn more, click here.


  • The NIH (National Institutes of Health) is collecting DNA samples for a KD study. They are looking for genetic markers that impact the progression of KD and our quality of life. If you have been diagnosed with Kennedy's Disease, please contact Angela Kokkinis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will send you a saliva collection kit.

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