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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

Gene editing strategy shows promise in mice with spinal muscular atrophy
December 20, 2023 - Dr. Rashmi Kothary’s team played a key role in identifying a new gene-editing strategy that could someday be used to treat spinal muscular atrophy.
Whole-body approach needed to treat neuromuscular disease SMA
July 13, 2022 - Treating a patient’s entire body, not just the nerves in their muscles, is essential for the complete treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), according to a study led by Aoife Reilly in Dr. Rashmi Kothary’s group.
Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital awarded eight grants worth $5 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
August 10, 2021 - These projects will advance science and improve health in areas such as cancer immunotherapy, orthopedic surgery, long-term care, neuromuscular disease, blood clots, vascular disease, aging, kidney disease and Inuit health.
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