The Search for ALS Treatments Continues

May is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month, and while this past year was different — given the global pandemic we all endured — the research and support for finding new treatments never stopped.  ALS is a neurodegenerative disease of the motor neurons that eventually causes muscular atrophy, paralysis, and death. The cause of ALS is understood . . .

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Clinical Trial Alert: Phase 2 Study of Pegcetacoplan in Adults with Sporadic ALS (MERIDIAN)

Researchers at Apellis Pharmaceuticals are seeking individuals living with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to participate in a two-year phase 2 trial (MERIDIAN) to determine the efficacy of the investigational drug pegcetacoplan. Pegcetacoplan is designed to reduce the activity of the complement system (a component of the immune system), and potentially slow the progression of ALS. . . .

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Clinical Trial Alert: Phase 1/2 Study of AT845 in Late-Onset Pompe Disease

Researchers at Audentes Therapeutics, an Astellas company, are seeking individuals living with late-onset Pompe disease (LOPD) to participate in a phase 1/2 study to confirm safety and efficacy of the investigational drug AT845. This gene-replacement therapy may offer the benefit of long-term improvement of motor and respiratory function and quality of life in adults living with . . .

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Clinical Trial Alert: Observational Study to Identify Biomarkers in Individuals Receiving Radicava for ALS

Researchers at Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharmaceutical America (MTPA) are seeking individuals living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to participate in a six-month observational study. This study is designed to identify biomarkers to serve as quantifiable, biological, non-clinical measures of Radicava (edaravone) effects on ALS. Observational measures might include assessment of vitals; blood and urine collection; safety assessments; use . . .

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Clinical Trial Alert: Phase 3 Study of Zilucoplan in Individuals With Generalized Myasthenia Gravis

Researchers at Ra Pharmaceuticals (now part of UCB BioSciences) are seeking individuals living with generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) to participate in a phase 3 study to confirm safety, tolerability, and efficacy of the investigational drug Zilucoplan. This therapy may improve muscle function by blocking the autoimmune reaction that destroys the junction between nerves and muscles in . . .

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Clinical Trial Alert: Phase 3 Study of Rozanolixizumab in Individuals With Generalized Myasthenia Gravis

Researchers at UCB BioSciences are seeking individuals living with generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) to participate in a phase 3 study. The objective of the study is to confirm the clinical efficacy and to assess safety and tolerability of rozanolixizumab. The therapy may help reduce the typical signs and symptoms of gMG, which are caused by autoantibodies . . .

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MDA’s 2021 Advocacy Plan

2021 is a new year: The country has a new administration, and a new Congress has been sworn in. What isn’t new is MDA’s commitment to working tirelessly in Washington, DC, to transform the lives of people living with neuromuscular diseases (NMDs). Here’s a sneak peek at some of the issues we’ll be working on . . .

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Research Study Alert: LGMD2I Natural History Study

Researchers at ML Bio Solutions are seeking individuals living with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2I (LGMD2I, LGMD R9-FKRP-related) to participate in a 12-month natural history study. The objective of this observational study is to identify appropriate endpoints that will be used in the phase 3 clinical trial of BBP-418 (ribitol). Data gathered may include: Fine-needle muscle biopsy . . .

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Research Study Alert: People With DMD Invited to Participate in a Survey About Symptoms

Researchers at the University of Rochester in New York seek people diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) who are interested in helping to develop disease-specific patient-reported outcome measures for future clinical trials. This survey will help to determine the most critical symptoms of children, young adults, and adults with DMD, and as a result, it . . .

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Research Study Alert: Everyone Invited to Participate in Survey About Improving Genetic Counseling

In order to make progress toward ensuring all future genetic counselors possess the necessary skills to improve the quality of services provided to families and individuals, researchers at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston are seeking participants for an online survey. Participants will be asked to share their opinion in order to help identify . . .

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