José Lopes, PhD, managing science editor —

José holds a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Porto, Portugal. After postdocs at Weill Connell Medicine and Western University, where he studied the processes driving hypertension and Alzheimer’s disease, he moved on in 2016 to a career in science writing and communication. José is the author of several peer-reviewed papers and a book chapter and has presented his research in numerous international meetings.

Articles by José Lopes

UK Agency Renews Early Access Program for Raxone to Treat Duchenne MD

People with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in the U.K. will continue to have access to Raxone (idebenone) to treat their disease, after the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) renewed its Early Access to Medicines Scheme (EAMS) with the therapy’s developer, Santhera Pharmaceuticals. Raxone has been available in the…

Tamoxifen and Evista Improved Muscle, Other MD Functions in Mouse Study

The use of tamoxifen and Evista (raloxifene) improved cardiac, respiratory, and skeletal muscle functions, and increased bone density in a mouse model of muscular dystrophy (MD), research from the Carolinas Medical Center suggests. The study, “Long-Term Treatment of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene Alleviates Dystrophic Phenotype and Enhances Muscle Functions of FKRP Dystroglycanopathy,”…

AMO Pharma’s Myotonic Dystrophy Therapy Improves Cognition and Function, Phase 2 Trial Shows

AMO Pharma’s myotonic dystrophy treatment improved patients’ cognition, fatigue and  ability to perform daily tasks, a Phase 2 clinical trial showed. The therapy, AMO-02 (tideglusib), also improved patients’ autism symptoms. In addition, it was safe and patients tolerated it well. Dr. Joseph Horrigan, the company’s chief medical officer, presented the findings at…

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