Marisa Wexler, MS, senior science writer —

Marisa holds a Master of Science in cellular and molecular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. Her areas of expertise include cancer biology, immunology, and genetics, and she has worked as a science writing and communications intern for the Genetics Society of America.

Articles by Marisa Wexler

Long-term Spinraza found safe, effective for most adults with SMA

Long-term treatment with Spinraza (nusinersen) led to clinically relevant improvements in motor function for most adults and older children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in a study. “Our data provide real-world evidence for continuous effectiveness and safety of long-term [Spinraza] treatment in adults and older children regardless of…

Taldefgrobep alfa scores orphan drug designation in Europe

The European Commission has granted orphan drug status to taldefgrobep alfa as a potential treatment for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). The designation is given to therapies that may improve care for rare diseases. It confers certain incentives, including a reduction in some regulatory fees and a guarantee of 10…

‘We are lucky and unlucky,’ SMA caregivers say of new treatments

For caregivers of children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the availability of new disease-modifying treatments has offered hope — but difficulties in accessing these therapies and uncertainty about their long-term effectiveness also have fostered frustration and anxiety. That’s according to a new qualitative study, done in Canada, that aimed…