Steve Bryson, PhD, science writer —

Steve holds a PhD in biochemistry from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Canada. As a medical scientist for 18 years, he worked in both academia and industry, where his research focused on the discovery of new vaccines and medicines to treat inflammatory disorders and infectious diseases. Steve is a published author in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals and a patented inventor.

Articles by Steve Bryson

FDA grants orphan drug, rare pediatric status for DYNE-251

DYNE-251, an investigational therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), has received orphan drug and rare pediatric disease designations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Orphan drug status is meant to support the development of therapies for rare conditions affecting less than 200,000 people in the U.S. It…

Nanoparticles Help Deliver Treatment in DM1 Cell Study

The approved antiparasitic medicine pentamidine, loaded into biocompatible and biodegradable nanoparticles, successfully eased signs of myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) in cell-based models, a study shows. The researchers noted that these findings show the potential of nanoparticles to deliver therapeutic agents to treat muscle cells in people with DM1…

Bone Biomarkers Maintained With Vamorolone Over Prednisone: Study

Vamorolone, an investigational therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), maintained biomarkers of bone formation and turnover compared to prednisone, according to the now published details of the VISION-DMD study. Standard anti-inflammatory corticosteroids, such as prednisone, have been shown to stunt growth with long-term use. Vamorolone is a…

Cognitive Decline Seen in Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 Children: Study

Children with myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) showed a decline in cognitive function over two years, with frequent impairment in visuospatial skills and attention, a small study suggested. The data indicate cognitive, neuropsychological, emotional, and behavioral assessments should be administered to children with DM1 periodically during development, the researchers…

FORCE Platform Delivers Exon-skipping Therapy Directly to Muscles

Dyne Therapeutics’ FORCE platform delivered its investigational exon-skipping therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) directly to muscles in a mouse model of the disease, according to the results of a preclinical study. The potential DMD treatment improved dystrophin protein production and enhanced physical activity in treated mice. The…

HOPE 2 Study: CAP-1002 Still Improving Arm Function in DMD

The investigational cell therapy CAP-1002 continued to improve arm function in boys and young men with advanced Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), according to the HOPE-2 open-label extension study. These additional upper limb improvements came after HOPE-2 participants were off CAP-1002 for a mean of about one year before…