Lindsey Shapiro, PhD, science writer —

Lindsey earned her PhD in neuroscience from Emory University in Atlanta, where she studied novel therapeutic strategies for treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy. She was awarded a fellowship from the American Epilepsy Society in 2019 for this research. Lindsey also previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher, studying the role of inflammation in epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.

Articles by Lindsey Shapiro

HuidaGene’s gene-editing therapy named rare pediatric drug by FDA

HuidaGene Therapeutics’ investigational gene-editing therapy, called HG302, for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) has been granted a rare pediatric drug designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This status is intended to incentivize companies to develop treatments for rare and serious or life-threatening diseases affecting people under…

New 3D muscle model will help scientists study therapies for DMD

Researchers have created a three-dimensional (3D) artificial muscle model, derived from patient cells, that accurately replicates the damage observed in people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). This new model, the scientists believe, will enable more efficient testing of treatments that could potentially reverse such muscle damage. The findings were…

MDA creates Gene Therapy Support Network

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has launched the Gene Therapy Support Network (GTx) that will offer resources and guidance about approved gene therapies for people living with neuromuscular diseases. Its launch comes shortly ahead of a possible U.S. approval of SRP-9001 (delandistrogene moxeparvovec), Sarepta Therapeutics‘ experimental…

Breathing changes during sleep noted in children with DM1

Nearly half of the 24 children with myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) in a French study showed signs of poorer nighttime respiration, reflected by rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. These increases in CO2 did not significantly associate with the presence of sleep apnea — when breathing repeatedly starts and…

Genetics, Motor Milestones May Help Distinguish DMD From BMD

Analyzing the type of mutation in the DMD gene combined with assessing motor milestones may help better distinguish Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) from Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) early in life, a study found. Combining both approaches had better predictive power than using either alone, and could mean that children will…