Over 35 Cure SMA-Funded Researchers Contribute to Comprehensive SMA Encyclopedia

Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Disease Mechanisms and Therapy, the first comprehensive encyclopedia of SMA, has been published by Elsevier. Over thirty five of the book’s authors currently are or have been Cure SMA-funded researchers. The book was edited by Chien-Ping Ko, Sergey Paushkin, and Charlotte Sumner. Drs. Ko and Sumner are Cure SMA-funded researchers. Jill Jarecki, Cure SMA’s chief scientific officer, also contributed to the manuscript as an author for the overview chapter on “Spinal Muscular Atrophy Therapeutics Development.”

The book provides a comprehensive accounting of SMA in 26 chapters that cover clinical characteristics and standards of care, genetics, disease pathology, SMN protein functions, animal models, trial outcome measures, biomarkers, and therapeutic strategies.

“I believe it’s going to be the bible in the SMA field for many years, and each of us will be proud to have it on our bookshelf. We can consider ourselves lucky to be scientists working in such a challenging and important field, and to have contributed to this master work,” said Prof. Dr. Brunhilde Wirth, the Head of the Institute of Human Genetics at the University of Cologne, Germany.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Disease Mechanisms and Therapy will be used by companies and researchers who are new to the field or who have a background in SMA but want to stay updated on the latest developments and discoveries.

Our thanks to the many talented researchers, particularly Drs. Ko, Paushkin and Sumner, for their hard work on this book.

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