Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

SMA: Need for SMN-Raising Treatment Highest Very Early in Life

Fairy of Hope

Artist: 

Reagan is MDA’s 2014 National Goodwill Ambassador. Prior to that she served as the Wisconsin State Goodwill Ambassador for three years. Her favorite subjects are music, art and reading. She began drawing when very young. Reagan’s other “favorite” activity is dancing. She appeared on the 2012 MDA Show of Strength and performed a dance from her wheelchair dressed in a fairy costume.

In this artwork, Reagan drew her friends in the following order: Bryson, Abbey, Ryder and herself.

Reagan Imhoff

National Goodwill Ambassador

Reagan is a charming, happy and outgoing third-grader who enjoys art, social studies and recess. She takes dance lessons, attends art class and loves spending time with her family and friends. Reagan dreams of being an artist, a dancer and a nurse.

2014
Full name: 
Miss Reagan Imhoff
Artist: 
Reagan Imhoff
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Medium: 
Mixed Media

Blood-Filtering Procedure Removes Antibodies That Impede Gene Transfer

A research group supported in part by MDA has found that a blood-filtering strategy known as plasmapheresis looks promising as a way to help overcome one type of unwanted immune response to gene transfer therapy. Gene transfer therapy is the addition of therapeutic genes to treat disease, and it is often administered via transport vehicles made from viruses.

Louis Chicoine at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and colleagues, reported the findings online Oct. 23, 2013, in the journal Molecular Therapy.

Diamond in the Sunset

Artist: 

Amber attended MDA Summer Camp and painted this piece to donate to the MDA Art Collection. She began painting at age 8 and has received awards at local exhibits. Amber formed a team for the Eugene MDA Muscle Walk in February 2013 and prepared the "Dessert of the Month" for an MDA Fundraiser. Her favorite school subjects are history and science.

Amber Stock

2013
Full name: 
Amber Stock
Artist: 
Amber Stock
Disease: 
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Bikes

Sarah is attending Maryville University in Kirkwood, majoring in rehab services and political science. This photograph was taken with a Can PowerShot G12 camera. Sarah represented MDA as National Goodwill Ambassador in 2001. She previously donated “The Birthday Tree” to the MDA Art Collection which was featured in the 2001 MDA holiday card collection and the 2013 desk-top calendar.

Presents by The Tree

Sarah is attending Maryville University in Kirkwood, majoring in rehab services and political science. This photograph was taken with a Canon PowerShot G12 camera. Sarah represented MDA as National Goodwill Ambassador in 2001. She previously donated “The Birthday Tree” to the MDA Art Collection which was featured in the 2001 MDA holiday card collection and the 2013 desk-top calendar.

Mouse Model of Adult-Onset SMA Encourages Researchers

UPDATE: Pfizer and Repligen to Collaborate on SMA Therapy Development

The biotechnology firm Repligen today announced it has entered into an agreement with the global pharmaceutical company Pfizer to advance Repligen’s spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) program, which includes RG3039, an experimental drug for SMA whose development MDA has supported.

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