This is an unprecedented time for patients living with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). It has now been almost two years since Spinraza became the first FDA-approved treatment for SMA, and in that time it’s proven to be a transformative therapy. Although there is much more work to be done, Spinraza has made a significant impact . . .
MDA recently announced that it has awarded a research infrastructure grant totaling $550,000 to Jeffrey Rothstein, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience and Director, Robert Packard Center for Answer ALS Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Answer ALS is a nationwide consortium assembling one of the most comprehensive clinical, genetic, molecular, and biochemical . . .
The Muscular Dystrophy Association recently awarded an MDA clinical research network grant to Nicholas Johnson, vice chair of research and associate professor of neurology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, to establish the Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD) Clinical Research Network. The investment, totaling $700,000 over two years, supports seven centers with expertise in LGMD research . . .
Researchers at Orion Pharma are looking for participants with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) to participate in the REFALS Phase 3 study. The study is designed to help researchers evaluate the effects of oral levosimendan (ODM-109) on respiratory function in patients with ALS. Participants will be randomized to receive either levosimendan or placebo to determine whether . . .
Researchers at PTC Therapeutics are looking for participants with Duchenne muscular dystrophy to participate in a Phase 3 study. The goal of the study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Translarna (ataluren). The drug is believed to promote the formation of full-length and functional dystrophin protein in boys with a nonsense (or premature . . .
The Muscular Dystrophy Association recently awarded an MDA human clinical trial grant for the development of a critical biomarker for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) to Mary M. Reilly, professor of clinical neurology and consultant neurologist, UCL Institute of Neurology and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London. The investment, totaling $1 million over three years, will . . .
Former NFL great Dwight Clark died from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) on June 4, a little more than one year after revealing he had the disease. Clark was immortalized when he caught the winning touchdown pass in the NFC Championship Game in January 1982, sending the San Francisco 49ers to their first Super Bowl. The . . .
This morning, Summit Therapeutics announced that it is discontinuing development of ezutromid for Duchenne muscular dystrophy after primary and secondary endpoints were missed after 48 weeks of treatment in their PhaseOut DMD trial. PhaseOut DMD was a phase 2, multi-center, open-label clinical trial of ezutromid, a utrophin-modulation therapy. Thirty-eight boys enrolled in the trial completed the 48-week regimen. The . . .
This week, Sarepta Therapeutics announced encouraging preliminary results from a phase 1/2a gene therapy trial designed to assess the investigational drug AAVrh74.MHCK7.micro-Dystrophin in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). After 90 days in the trial, the first three participants all showed robust expression of micro-dystrophin — a shortened version of the protein that is absent . . .
The Muscular Dystrophy Association recently awarded an MDA clinical research network grant to develop and maintain a core facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) Clinical Trial Research Network (CTRN). The investment, totaling $1.2 million over three years, supports seven medical centers that specialize in FSHD research and clinical care and is targeted to spur advances in FSHD . . .