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Advancing Research at KU Med Through Project5

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013()
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Neuroscience at KU Medical Center In confronting the great medical and scientific challenges of our time, physician scientists at the KU Medical Center respond with innovation. This is particularly true of our neuroscientists. For generations, the Kansas City community has relied on the nationally recognized doctors and researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center for advanced prevention and treatment strategies to battle neurodegenerative disease. Each day neuroscientists work to answer the most difficult questions in medicine. Richard Barohn, MD, one of the medical center’s most distinguished physician scientists, is searching for the clues that will one- day unravel the mysteries of the brain. With a focused interest in ALS and working in partnership with organizations like Project5  for ALS, Dr. Barohn continues to explore... Read Article

Breakthrough ALS Research At Washington University

Thursday, November 1st, 2012(KPLR)
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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) –  Dr. Timothy Miller is director of the Christopher Wells Hobler Lab for ALS research at the Hope center for neurological disorders at Washington University.  The outcome of phase one research of a novel way to turn off harmful genes in the brain and spinal cord as a way to stop ALS. “We can do go in a technique called antisense oligo nucleotides and  take that small mistake in those RNA instructions and like a small eraser and go in an erase that mistake and fix it.” said Dr. Timothy Miller. Washington University made history this year by conducting the first ever human trials.  The first phase focused on whether the drug  called antisense oligo nucleotide  was safe. The research focused... Read Article

Stem Cell Tech May Aid Alzheimer’s Research

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012(ABC News)
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By DR. DAPHNE ROBAKIS With 5.4 million of Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, a proven treatment or cure remains elusive.  And the methods scientists are using to study the disease have yet to yield much in the way of understanding, much less treatment, of the disease. But researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a technology using stem cells to more accurately model what goes wrong in diseased brain cells of  Alzheimer’s sufferers.  Their findings will be published in this week’s issue of the journal Nature. In the study, researchers took skin cells from patients who died from Alzheimer’s disease.  Then, employing newly developed stem-cell technology, they turned them into brain cells to closely replicate those found in living Alzheimer’s patients. This process... Read Article

Researchers Say they’ve Found Common Cause of All Types of ALS

Thursday, August 11th, 2011(ABC News)
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The apparent discovery of a common cause of all forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) could give a boost to efforts to find a treatment for the fatal neurodegenerative disease, a new study contends. Scientists have long struggled to identify the underlying disease process of ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and weren’t even sure that a common disease process was associated with all forms of ALS. READ MORE Read Article