Marta Figueiredo, PhD, science writer —

Marta holds a biology degree, a master’s in evolutionary and developmental biology, and a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Lisbon, Portugal. She was awarded a research scholarship and a PhD scholarship, and her research focused on the role of several signaling pathways in thymus and parathyroid glands embryonic development. She also previously worked as an assistant professor of an annual one-week embryology course at the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Medicine.

Articles by Marta Figueiredo

NurOwn Promotes Immunoregulation, Lessens Inflammation, Preclinical Study Shows

BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics’ cell-based therapy NurOwn increases the number of immunosuppressive cells and lessens inflammation, according to a small preclinical study. These immunoregulatory effects, along with NurOwn’s neuroprotective and neuroreparative properties, may be key to halt the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuroinflammatory diseases, including…

Collaboration Funds Experimental Therapy for Rare FUS-ALS

Eight patients will receive jacifusen, an experimental therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) caused by FUS gene mutations, under a joint effort from the ALS Association, Project ALS, and Columbia University’s Eleanor and Lou Gehrig ALS Center. The new clinical research program, which will be supported…

Mitochondrial ‘Suicide’ May Signal Start of Neurodegeneration in ALS, Mouse Study Suggests

A newly discovered self-destructive mechanism in mitochondria, the cells’  powerhouses, may be one of the first deficits leading to motor neuron degeneration associated with toxic TDP-43 clumps — a hallmark of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). That evidence from a preclinical study suggests available therapies against mitochondrial degeneration might help halt neurodegeneration…