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

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…

Gene Therapy Lowers Toxic RNA Due to C9ORF72 Mutations in ALS

One-time delivery of a CRISPR-based gene therapy significantly reduced the buildup of toxic RNA molecules resulting from C9ORF72 mutations in cells and mouse models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the therapy’s developer, Locanabio, reported. The approach was designed using the company’s CORRECTx platform, which uses CRISPR technology to…

Lab Results Support Advancing QRL-201 to Clinical Trial

An investigational antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) molecule that works by increasing the production of Stathmin-2 protein effectively reversed a number of neurodegenerative processes in lab-grown motor neurons, the cells that are damaged in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a study found. The rescue occurred even in the absence of TDP-43, a…