Optimism: the harder you fall, the
higher you bounce.
- January 31, 2000
Medical researchers announced a critical break through in the
understanding of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, that may lead to a
cure for the disease! Researchers replicated the disease in
mice and demonstrated that SMA could be corrected by large amounts
of the SMN2 protein. This may help to reduce the effects of
this devastating disease, and be able to reverse the impact of SMA!
- March 2000
Researchers announce SMA Mouse Model. This mouse model will
allow researchers to continue to study SMA at a molecular level.
It will also be used to identify and test therapeutic strategies and
the effectiveness of compounds discovered in the high-throughput
- August 24, 2000
Breakthrough announced that may identify types of therapeutic
approaches for SMA. This research identifies a way to
stimulate production of the SMN2 protein in animals.
- November, 2000
Scientists at Johns Hopkins report restored movement to newly
paralyzed rodents by injecting stem cells into the animals' spinal
fluid! "This research may lead most immediately to improved
treatments for patients with paralyzing motor neuron diseases, such
as SMA." Jeffrey Rothstein, M.D., PhD.