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June 7, 2018

Traveling with SMA

Traveling with SMA

As the summer season nears, many families will make plans to travel across the country to exciting destinations or to spend time with those they love. This is no different for those affected by SMA.

Although travel can present challenges, regardless of distance or method chosen, below...

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Topics: Community & Awareness, About SMA, Front Page News

April 6, 2018

The Genetics of SMA – What is the SMN1 Gene?

The Genetics of SMA – What is the SMN1 Gene?

Spinal muscular atrophy is caused when an individual has two missing or faulty SMN1 genes. But what is the SMN1 gene, and what does it do?

About the SMN1 Gene

SMN1 stands for survival motor gene 1. This gene is responsible for...

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Topics: About SMA, Research, Front Page News

March 21, 2018

Cure SMA Awards $150,000 Grant to Charlotte Sumner, MD, Johns Hopkins University

Cure SMA Awards $150,000 Grant to Charlotte Sumner, MD, Johns Hopkins University

Cure SMA has awarded a $150,000 research grant to Charlotte Sumner, MD, at Johns Hopkins University, for her project, "Testing the potential of SMN-AS1 as a therapeutic target in SMA.”

Dr. Sumner and her team have recently identified a long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) that represses...

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Topics: About SMA, Research, Front Page News

March 20, 2018

The Discovery of SMA

The Discovery of SMA

In 2016, the spinal muscular atrophy community celebrated the approval of the first-ever treatment that targets the underlying genetic cause of SMA. This was a milestone more than 100 years in the making, made possible by dedicated researchers, and the community that supported their...

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Topics: Community & Awareness, About SMA, Front Page News

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