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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$3 Million NIH Grant Propels Vamorolone to Phase 2 Testing for Treatment of DMD

ReveraGen BioPharma has announced that it has received a $3 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) of the National Institutes of Health to conduct phase 2 clinical trials of vamorolone (previously VBP15) in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Vamorolone, a “dissociative steroid,” is an anti-inflammatory compound. Researchers hope . . .

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Workshop Will Update ALS Clinical Trial Guidelines

Patients, their families and caregivers, researchers and clinicians are invited to gain insight into the testing process for experimental therapies to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) via a live webcast this month. The ALS Clinical Trials Guidelines 2016 Workshop, an international effort that seeks to renew and update the current ALS Clinical Trials Guidelines, will . . .

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