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Data Indicate Initial Clinical Benefit in Overall Clinical and Respiratory Function
NEW YORK, NY and PETACH TIKVAH, ISRAEL, March 21, 2013 — BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, a leading developer of adult stem cell technologies for neurodegenerative diseases, today reported some of the final results from a clinical study evaluating the company’s NurOwn™ technology in 12 ALS patients. NurOwn [...]
At a time when scientists are making rapid gains in the genetic roots of many diseases, Mr. Doctoroff, a former deputy mayor and private equity investor, is working with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and a private equity director, David M. Rubenstein, to put together a $25 million package of donations to support research to try to cure this rare and usually fatal degenerative neurological illness.
In work supported by The ALS Association and funded through The Milton Safenowitz Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program, researchers have for the first time reprogrammed a neuron from one type into another and have done so in a living organism. The finding will help scientists better understand how to control neuronal development and may one day aid in treating diseases in which neurons die, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The study was published in the journal Nature Cell Biology.
Because of the relentless effects of ALS, a diverse group of ALS voices — patients, families, organizations and the community — came together to speak about their experiences with ALS and to urge the FDA to work with them to overcome some of the obstacles faced in ALS research, clinical trials and standards of care.
Strong’s team is convinced ALS is a disorder of RNA metabolism. RNA is the intermediary or messenger between genes and the protein being made. This new protein appears to play a critical role. “Every time we look at a cell degenerating, this particular protein was deposited abnormally in the cell. It was a common denominator,” explains Strong, who is also the Dean of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. “Working with Dr. Rob Hegele at Robarts, we found there was a genetic mutation in the gene coding for this protein. So it’s a huge discovery.”
“I believe happiness is a choice. Some days it is a very difficult choice,” he says. “This is true for everyone. I look at the human life like an experiment. Every new moment, every new experience, tragic or otherwise, is an opportunity to gain a more accurate perspective and helps lead me to clarity.”
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The study found that stem cell transplantation significantly extended the lifespan of the mice by 20 days and improved their neuromuscular function by 15 percent. “Our study shows promise for testing stem cell transplantation in human clinical trials,” said Corti.