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Spinal muscular atrophy

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the number one genetic cause of death in infants. Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital are leading cutting-edge studies to improve our understanding of SMA and develop better treatments. This page includes selected news stories about our SMA research, links to researchers working in this area and related resources. Learn more below.

Research News


New mouse model to reveal insights into mild spinal muscular atrophy
June 4, 2020 - Dr. Marc-Olivier Deguise from Dr. Rashmi Kothary’s team has developed a new mouse model of mild spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Until now, researchers only had good animal models of the most severe forms of this disease.
New neuromuscular network brings patients, scientists and clinicians together
February 14, 2020 - Genetic sequencing technology has dramatically increased our ability to diagnose rare neuromuscular diseases, opening the door to earlier and better treatment. A new national network called NMD4C (NeuroMuscular Disease for Canada) hopes to capitalize
Findings could improve quality of life for people with spinal muscular atrophy
September 10, 2019 - People with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) could be at higher risk of cardiovascular and liver disease, according to the most comprehensive study to date. This means that screening for these conditions, establishing nutritional guidelines, and persona
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