Michio Hirano

Longtime MDA grantee Michio Hirano, M.D., talks about the science of treating genetic disorders of energy production

posted on October 1, 2012 - 9:25am
On a Thursday afternoon in July 2012, Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology, was in his office at Columbia University Medical Center, high above Manhattan’s upper west side.

Ten leaders in the field of ALS research put their heads together on Oct. 24, 2009

posted on October 30, 2009 - 5:18pm
  An all-day "think tank" to consider priorities for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research based on the latest information was conducted with ten of the leading scientists and clinicians in the field and senior MDA staff in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009. Each specialist introduced his or her area of expertise and led an approximately 20-minute discussion, gathering input...
posted on September 1, 2008 - 6:53pm
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 5
The mitochondria, complex bodies inside cells that have their own DNA, are the centers for cellular energy production. When they malfunction, either because of flaws in their own DNA or flaws in DNA in the cell’s nucleus that affect them, the energy deficit can be devastating, particularly for the functioning of the muscles and nervous system.