Recent information came to light that Ionis is still continuing pursue a drug for myotonic dystrophy. The first trial ended and was not successful. What we learned is that the team was impressed that progress was made. Rather than pursue this initial drug they may be switching to a new more highly improved drug. This makes sense as the cost to pursue a drug is high $$$$ and you want your best candidate forward.
Building a Preeminent Research Program: The Center for NeuroGenetics
As an introduction to this newsletter, please check out a video created by Eric Wang, Ph.D., who is joining UF as an assistant professor of molecular genetics and microbiology in the Center for NeuroGenetics. This edition of On The Same Page is the story of how new and existing faculty can come together to create preeminent research programs.
In the UF community, the concept of “preeminence” has been used quite a bit of late. Florida’s “Preeminence Bill,” signed into law during the 2013 legislative session, designated the University of Florida as a preeminent university in the state. To help UF attain its goal of becoming a top 10 public university, a section of this bill provides funds to UF for the purpose of attracting outstanding faculty to advance our research mission.
If you have this disease call you local research center and ask to be added to list of potential patients if you want to participate.
Isis Pharmaceuticals Initiates Phase 1/2 Study of ISIS-DMPK Rx in Patients With Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1
ISIS-DMPK Rx Extends the Targeting of Antisense Drugs to Include Muscle Tissue
CARLSBAD, Calif., Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISIS) announced today that it has initiated a study for ISIS-DMPKRx in patients with Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 (DM1). DM1 is a rare genetic neuromuscular disease caused by the production of toxic dystrophia myotonica-protein kinase (DMPK) RNA in cells. ISIS-DMPKRx is specifically designed to reduce toxic DMPK RNA.
This week ISIS pharmaceuticals announced the commencement of recruiting for Phase I of the Myotonic Dystrophy Drug Trial. This is tremendous news for the myotonic dystrophy community. The promise of scientific research to define the DNA site, identify the cause of the disease, then begin to develop treatments that would reverse the problems in the cell are culminating to the promise of hope for all that suffer from this horrible affliction.
If you want to participate in this study you must act quickly and contact the centers that are conducting the research. Find the closest location and contact the person via email or phone. You must meet all (meaning all) the qualifications for the trial. The full information is on CLINICALTRIALS
Happy Days! A clinical Trial is going to start on Phase one of Myotonic Dystrophy Drug. That means that a small number of patients in the US usually under 50 will get a chance to try the drug. The purpose of the Phase I trial is to
Try out the drug
Find an optimum dose
Assess Safety of Drug
More on what a phases of clinical testing mean (From MD Anderson site)