Lindsey Shapiro, PhD, science writer —

Lindsey earned her PhD in neuroscience from Emory University in Atlanta, where she studied novel therapeutic strategies for treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy. She was awarded a fellowship from the American Epilepsy Society in 2019 for this research. Lindsey also previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher, studying the role of inflammation in epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.

Articles by Lindsey Shapiro

Muscle ultrasound may help to monitor SMA progression: Study

Muscle abnormalities observed with ultrasound imaging correlated with motor function in people with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in a recent study. While the findings varied somewhat by muscle group and SMA type, ultrasound data generally indicated SMA patients exhibited muscle atrophy and signs of fat and connective tissue…

Study finds few cognitive changes after Spinraza treatment

More than a year of treatment with Spinraza (nusinersen) did not result in clinically meaningful changes in cognition for adults with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), according to a recent study. While patients did not exhibit widespread cognitive deficits, abnormal performance in certain domains was observed. Scores across most…

Genetic sequencing assay for rare disease diagnosis launched

Centogene has launched a new genetic sequencing assay to support faster and more accurate diagnoses of rare diseases, such as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Called NEW CentoGenome, the assay combines advanced genetic sequencing with clinical information housed in the company’s rare disease Biodatabank. “As a pioneer…