Margarida Maia, PhD, science writer —

Margarida is a biochemist (University of Porto, Portugal) with a PhD in biomedical sciences (VIB and KULeuven, Belgium). Her main interest is science communication. She is also passionate about design and the dialogue between art and science.

Articles by Margarida Maia

App Can Help Monitor ALS Progression in Patients From Home

Using a digital tool to assess disease severity remotely is feasible for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and may improve patient monitoring between visits to the clinic, a study suggests. The tool makes the revised ALS Functional Rating Scale (ALSFRS-R) available to patients via a computer or mobile…

Pasithea Receives Funding to Develop Antibodies for ALS

Pasithea Therapeutics has gained access to AU$1 million (about $694,000) to further its research into anti-integrin antibodies as potential treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The non-dilutive funds became available following the company’s acquisition of Alpha-5 Integrin, the preclinical biotech company that originally developed the experimental antibodies for…

Corestem Shares Protocol for Long-term NeuroNata-R Trial

Corestem is still enrolling participants in its Phase 3 clinical trial of NeuroNata-R (lenzumestrocel), a stem cell therapy that is conditionally approved to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in South Korea. The trial, ALSummit (NCT04745299), is evaluating the safety of repeat NeuroNata-R injections and how well…

FDA Shares Plan for ALS, Other Neurodegenerative Diseases

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published on its website a five-year action plan meant to help advance the development of — and access to — treatments that may make life better and longer for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or other rare neurodegenerative diseases. The…

PrimeC Therapy Added to Standard Care Gets ALS Biomarkers Down

NeuroSense Therapeutics’ combination therapy PrimeC led to a significant decline in certain biomarkers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) when used as an add-on to standard of care treatment, a study found. Standard treatment alone, meanwhile, appeared to have no impact on these disease-related biomarkers. The preliminary results come from…