Five Questions with ALS Researcher Evangelos Kiskinis

Evangelos Kiskinis, assistant professor in the department of neurology & physiology at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern School of Medicine in Chicago, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $300,000 over three years to decipher the degree of mechanistic overlap in different forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Using cutting-edge technology, Kiskinis will activate ALS . . .

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MDA Appeals to FDA in Support of DMD Drug Eteplirsen

Dear MDA family and friends, As part of MDA’s commitment to provide our DMD community with up-to-date research and advocacy news, we want to let you know that MDA today made another appeal to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in support of eteplirsen, which, if approved, could help slow progression of the disease for . . .

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Five Questions with ALS Researcher Claudio Hetz

Claudio Hetz, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Chile, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $294,000 over a period of three years to study a potential new therapy aimed at rescuing motor neurons in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In ALS, some proteins do not fold into their required shape . . .

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PLEO-CMT Trial Seeking Participants

Researchers are looking for people with type 1A Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT1A) to participate in a new pivotal phase 3 clinical trial of the investigational drug PXT3003. The trial aims to determine whether PXT3003 is effective and well-tolerated in people with CMT1A. PXT3003 is an oral low-dose combination of three different drugs designed to target the . . .

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Ranolazine Trial Seeks Participants with Paramyotonia Congenita

Researchers at The Ohio State University are looking for adults, ages 18 years or older, with paramyotonia congenita to participate in a phase 2 open-label study being sponsored by Gilead Science to test the experimental drug ranolazine. Ranolazine currently is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat chest pain in people with . . .

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Five Questions with ALS Researcher Christine Vande Velde

Christine Vande Velde, associate professor at the University of Montreal CHUM Research Center in Montreal, Quebec (Canada), was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $300,000 over a period of three years to study what goes wrong in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) caused by mutations in the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene. In ALS patients with . . .

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Genetic Testing Provides Answers and Hope

When Kathy Payette was in eighth grade, she started experiencing unexplained muscle weakness. Over a period of three years in the mid-1970s, she visited several doctors, all of whom were puzzled by her symptoms. When she was 17, Kathy spent a week at the Mayo Clinic with a team of doctors who concluded she had . . .

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Five Questions with ALS Researcher Asim Beg

Asim Beg, assistant professor at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $300,000 over a period of three years to study the role of a protein, EphA4, in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). High levels of EphA4 correlate with rapid disease progression in ALS patients. Beg and colleagues will work . . .

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Trial Seeking Participants: Finding the Optimum Regimen for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Researchers are looking for boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) to participate in the ongoing phase 3 clinical trial, Finding the Optimum Regimen for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (FOR-DMD). The trial will compare three different corticosteroid regimens in boys with DMD, ages 3 to 7 years. Corticosteroids, such as prednisone and deflazacort, work as anti-inflammatories or . . .

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Five Questions with Researcher Antoni Barrientos

Antoni Barrientos, professor of neurology and of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Fla., was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $300,000 over a period of three years to address a knowledge gap about mitochondrial protein complex assembly defects, which are a frequent cause of inherited . . .

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