Author Archives: Marta Figueiredo PhD

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…