Author Archives: Janet Stewart, MSc

Canada’s CIHR Awards $627,300 to SMA Researcher Kessen Patten

The Canadian Institutes for Health Research, a federal government agency based in Ottawa, has awarded genetics professor Kessen Patten C$627,300 to study the mechanisms involved in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). The leading genetic cause of infant mortality, SMA is a neuromuscular disease that involves the death of lower motor neurons —…

EMA Panel Recommends Approval of Biogen’s Spinraza in Europe

Spinraza (nusinersen), a treatment for most forms of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), took a major step forward to becoming available across the European Union, with the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recommending its approval. CHMP is a branch of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the equivalent of…