Hal Foster, PhD,  —

Hal Foster is a veteran journalist at the Los Angeles Times and other news organizations in the United States and Japan, and a longtime journalism professor. In addition to the LA Times, he worked at the Portland Oregonian and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, was executive editor of Pacific Stars & Stripes in Tokyo, and wrote about the war in Ukraine for USA Today. He has a Ph.D. in journalism from the University of North Carolina, and has taught in the United States, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, where he was a Fulbright scholar.

Articles by Hal Foster

Protest Secures Spinraza for All SMA Patients in Romania

An October 2019 protest by adults with spinal muscular atrophy led to an agreement under which all of Romania’s 152 known SMA patients — and those yet to be diagnosed — will gain access to Spinraza (nusinersen), Biogen’s approved treatment for this neuromuscular disease. Romanian doctors began treating…

Russia Approves Spinraza to Treat All SMA Patients

Russia has become the first of the 15 former Soviet republics to approve Biogen’s Spinraza (nusinersen) to treat spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). In its decision, the Russian Health Ministry noted that much more data exists on Spinraza’s benefits for patients 17 years and younger than for those 18…