José Lopes, PhD, managing science editor —

José holds a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Porto, Portugal. After postdocs at Weill Connell Medicine and Western University, where he studied the processes driving hypertension and Alzheimer’s disease, he moved on in 2016 to a career in science writing and communication. José is the author of several peer-reviewed papers and a book chapter and has presented his research in numerous international meetings.

Articles by José Lopes

Ontario SMA Patients Granted Wider Access to Spinraza

Ontario has expanded publicly funded access to Spinraza (nusinersen) to cover spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) types 2 and 3. The decision specifically covers presymptomatic patients with two or three copies of the SMN2 gene; patients with SMA for less than six months, two SMN2 copies, and…

IV vs. IT Delivery: Zolgensma’s Different Treatment Routes for SMA

The gene therapy Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi) has been newly approved to treat patients with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) through intravenous (IV) delivery, meaning systemically. However, Novartis is also waiting on a more sweeping label, one allowing both intravenous and intrathecal (IT) delivery — that which is given via…