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The Long Road to Diagnosis Renews Dedication to Advocacy

The Long Road to Diagnosis Renews Dedication to Advocacy

Growing up we called it “Steffi disorder.” My friends and family were as baffled as my expert neurologists. I had been diagnosed with typical Spiral Muscular Atrophy (SMA) as a toddler but never followed its progression; I never seemed to get weaker. My myriad of symptoms was distinctly different than anyone else’s I had ever met in a lifetime living in the neuromuscular community. I thought I might never find my true diagnosis, let alone others who share it with me.

Do You Have Charcot-Marie-Tooth Type 4 (CMT4)? – We Need Your Help

Autosomal recessive demyelinating CMT4 patients present with earlyonset and slowly progressing symptoms. These include progressive distally accentuated weakness and atrophy of muscles in the lower limbs. In addition, patients may have weakness and atrophy of hands, sensory loss and pes cavus (high-arched feet), and walking difficulties. Further information on CMT4 can be found at Orphanet.

Hot Off the Press – Potential Treatment for CMT1A

Two recent publications from Pharnext describe a novel synergistic combination of 3 drugs (baclofen, naltrexone and sorbitol) and its effect on CMT1A both in the lab and in a phase II clinical trial. These 3 drugs already approved but for unrelated conditions, are combined at new optimal lower doses and under a new formulation. This novel potential therapeutic is called PXT-3003.

Breaking News: First Therapeutic Gene Therapy to Treat an Inherited Neuropathy is Approved for Clinical Trial!

The first disease community to receive a therapeutic gene to the spinal cord for an ultra rare inherited neuropathy is Giant Axonal Neuropathy (GAN). Congratulations to Hannah’s Hope Fund (HHF), a 501(c)3 public charity, which has driven this collaborative research in less than six years. Six million dollars has been raised to date to fund pre-clinical and clinical research on this rare disease.

Pharnext Announces Pleotherapy Proof of Concept in Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Type 1A

Pharnext Announces Pleotherapy Proof of Concept in Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Type 1A

PARIS, December 18th, 2014 – Pharnext SAS today announced the proof of concept of its pleotherapy research and development approach based on a proprietary network pharmacology platform that identifies synergic combinations of drugs already approved for other diseases. Indeed, Pharnext’s lead pleodrug, PXT-3003, has shown positive results both in preclinical and Phase 2 clinical studies published today in the Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases.

Building Awareness on CMT and Supporting the Patient Community – HNF Announces Support from Pharnext

HNFpharnext recently entered into a partnership with the French biopharmaceutical company, Pharnext, to help raise awareness of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease and support the CMT patient community through several initiatives. Building awareness is key! Pharnext’s support will assist HNF in distributing HNF’s CMT Update quarterly newsletter, enhancing the Global Registry for Inherited Neuropathies (GRIN), setting up activities for CMT September Awareness Month in the US and strengthening the CMT Inspire Community.

Targeting PMP22 in CMT1A Patients with Gene Duplication

In previous collaborative work with a group of investigators including Dr Rolf Renne from the University of Florida, Dr. Alex Murashov from East Carolina University and Dr. Lynn Hudson from the NIH-NINDS, we validated a microRNA known as miR29a as a reagent that corrected the expression level of PMP22 in rodent Schwann cells.

Grace’s Courage Crusade Brunch 2013

A bright, crisp day greeted supporters of Grace’s Courage Crusade as they gathered to enjoy brunch by the beach with breathtaking views at the Atlantic Beach Club in Newport, RI. Following the amazing buffet spread, the crowd got intense over a dessert auction that offered tempting sweets and goodies provided by local businesses.

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