Motor Neuron

Preliminary results for a phase 2 trial of the experimental compound olesoxime suggest it may preserve motor function in spinal muscular atrophy

posted on March 13, 2014 - 9:41am
The experimental compound olesoxime (TRO19622), in development by French biotechnology company Trophos as a potential treatment for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), has shown encouraging results in a phase 2 trial involving 165 children and young adults with this disorder.

Preliminary results from four infants in a phase 2 trial of ISIS-SMNRx suggest the drug is well-tolerated and may prolong ventilator-free survival

posted on March 3, 2014 - 2:17pm
Interim results of a phase 2 clinical trial to test multiple doses of the experimental drug ISIS-SMNRx in infants with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) suggest that the drug is well-tolerated and may prolong ventilator-free survival.

MDA-funded researchers say SMN, which is deficient in spinal muscular atrophy, is most needed during early life and in skeletal muscle and nerve tissues

posted on February 4, 2014 - 11:11am
Raising levels of the SMN protein, which is deficient in patients with the most common form of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), has been the holy grail of therapy for this disease since the 1990s and is the goal of several experimental compounds now in development.

A spring 2014 course from Ohio State University will emphasize Duchenne muscular dystrophy mechanisms, research, and clinical and social aspects

posted on January 8, 2014 - 12:09pm
A course on Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), geared toward graduate and upper-division undergraduate students and held at Ohio State University College of Medicine and Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, is open to the public, without charge, via real-time streaming and podcasts.

A mouse model of adult-onset spinal muscular atrophy, developed with MDA support, suggests a treatment now in testing for early-onset disease may benefit adults

posted on September 17, 2013 - 2:25pm
Scientists supported in part by MDA have developed a new research mouse model with a disorder that mimics the adult-onset form of chromosome 5-related spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic disease of spinal nerve cells that control muscle activity (motor neurons).  

The quest to cure spinal muscular atrophy still has many years to go, but the signs of progress are unmistakable

posted on August 29, 2013 - 10:37am
A Closer Look: SMA Slideshow August is often referred to as Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Awareness Month, but for MDA, work on finding treatments for this degenerative disease — and providing assistance to individuals and families affected by it — is a year-round event. Today, research aimed at slowing, stopping or even preventing spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is advancing with more speed...

Researchers look at the 'window of opportunity' for effective treatment in spinal muscular atrophy and the therapeutic potential of celecoxib

posted on June 20, 2013 - 4:27pm
Recent spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) research includes findings that shed additional light on the optimal "window of opportunity" for treatment and point toward a potential candidate for therapeutic development.

Isis Pharmaceuticals has launched a phase 2 trial to test its experimental antisense drug ISIS-SMNRx in infants with spinal muscular atrophy

posted on May 7, 2013 - 12:15pm
  Update (Jan. 14, 2014): Contact information for Isis Pharmaceuticals has been changed. Update (Nov. 4, 2013): All centers are now recruiting participants.