At the American Neurological Association (ANA) Annual Meeting, Dr. Timothy Miller presented VALOR study of Tofersen Phase 3 Drug Results and Use with ALS. Tofersen is an antisense drug being evaluated for the potential treatment of SOD1-ALS. For more information and to learn about Tofersen Phase 3 Drug Results please see links below. Biogen Announces Topline […]
Two preliminary studies were published simultaneously in the New England Journal of Medicine, both aimed at reducing superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) protein levels in people who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) due to SOD1 mutations. In the first study, a phase I/II trial of intrathecal tofersen, Timothy Miller, MD, PhD, of Washington University in St. […]
Prospective natural history study of C9orf72ALS clinical characteristics and biomarkers Our team’s hard work has been published in Neurology. This paper profiles the clinical features, such as age at disease onset, survival duration, and measures of disease progression, of ALS patients with mutations in the C9orf72 gene. By defining the natural history of this patient […]
Recognized for developing experimental treatment for ALS
Biomarkers are measures reflective of biological processes that occur in the body. In the setting of disease, biomarkers may be used for diagnostic, prognostic or treatment monitoring purposes.
With funds raised through the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, The ALS Association has been able to invest significantly in the identification of biological indicators (or biomarkers) for ALS.
An early stage trial of an investigational therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) suggests that people could tolerate the experimental drug and, in exploratory results, the experimental drug was linked to possible slower progression in people with a genetic form of the disease caused by mutations in a gene called superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1).
(CNN) An experimental treatment for the rapidly progressive disease ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, has been called potentially “game-changing.”
Engadget states, “Scientists have discovered a way of counteracting proteins that cause Alzheimer’s-like symptoms including memory loss. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri focus on tau protein tangles.” in an article about Dr. Miller’s 2017 STM publication.
A news release by MNT examines Dr. Miller’s 2017 STM publication. “The team studied the effects of the synthetic molecules on crab-eating macaques. They administered two doses of antisense oligonucleotides or two doses of a placebo, 1 week apart, directly into the cerebrospinal fluid – as one would when treating humans. The trial revealed that, in monkeys […]
An article by New Atlas describing Dr. Miller’s STM work states, “When it comes to the drama of Alzheimer’s disease, the compound in the starring role as the villain is tau. It’s a protein that normally helps our neurons function properly, but one that can clump together into plaques that damage brain cells. Now researchers have […]
An article by Scientific American describes Dr. Miller’s Science Translational Medicine publication. “The small molecules cleared and prevented tau buildup in mice and monkeys.”
In an article about Dr. Miller’s newest Science Translational Medicine publication, ALZFORUM writes, “In collaboration with the pharmaceutical company Ionis in Carlsbad, California, Timothy Miller and his colleagues at Washington University in St. Louis designed a potent ASO that shuts down human tau gene expression in transgenic mouse models.”
Congratulations to Miller Lab member Mariah L. Hoye on her publication! Mariah is a PhD candidate who is studying microRNAs, which are small compounds that regulate a variety of processes in the body, and their role in ALS disease progression. Her manuscript that investigates microRNAs specific to motor neurons in ALS rodent models was recently […]
In this video Dr. Timothy Miller provides an excellent explanation of how ALS works in the body and what researchers are doing to bring a therapy to ALS patients, especially those with mutation in the C9ORF72 gene.
Congratulations to Miller Lab member Kathleen Schoch on her publication! Dr. Kathleen Schoch is a postdoctoral research assistant in the Miller Lab who focuses on dementias characterized by the pathological accumulation of the protein “tau”. She published a paper in Neuron that examined the potential of a unique tau-lowering therapeutic strategy to treat Alzheimer’s disease, […]
Washington University neurologist Timothy Miller, MD, discusses advances in ALS treatment.
Hoye ML, Regan MR, Jensen LA, Lake AM, Reddy LV, Vidensky S, Richard JP, Maragakis NJ, Rothstein JD, Dougherty JD, Miller TM. Motor neuron-derived microRNAs cause astrocyte dysfunction in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Brain. 2018 Sep 1;141(9):2561-2575. doi: 10.1093/brain/awy182. PMID: 30007309; PMCID: PMC6113638.
Mutations in superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) are responsible for 20% of familial ALS. Given the gain of toxic function in this dominantly inherited disease, lowering SOD1 mRNA and protein is predicted to provide therapeutic benefit. We have developed next-generation SOD1 ASOs that more potently reduce SOD1 mRNA and protein and extend survival in SOD1G93A mice. […]
The ALS Association, in partnership with the AAN and the American Brain Foundation, are awarding research funding to Timothy M. Miller, M.D., Ph.D., the David Clayson Professor of Neurology from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The award recognizes significant research contributions in the search for the causes, prevention, and cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Since 1996, The ALS Association and the American Academy of Neurology have jointly chosen recipients of the award.
Prior to the final game of the season, the Ste. Genevieve Riverdogs baseball team surprised Coach Jeremy Hoog with a touching tribute as well as a donation to Dr. Timothy Miller’s ALS Research Lab in honor of Coach Hoog’s mother – and the Riverdogs’ biggest fan – Cheryl.
Hoye ML, Koval ED, Wegener AJ, Hyman TS, Yang C, O’Brien DR, Miller RL, Cole T, Schoch KM, Shen T, Kunikata T, Richard JP, Gutmann DH, Maragakis NJ, Kordasiewicz HB, Dougherty JD, Miller TM. MicroRNA Profiling Reveals Marker of Motor Neuron Disease in ALS Models. J Neurosci. 2017 May 31;37(22):5574-5586. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3582-16.2017. Epub 2017 Apr 17. PMID: 28416596; PMCID: PMC5452343.
The Miller Lab has found differences between healthy people and people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in biomolecules known as microRNAs. This project seeks to understand the microRNA differences and the effect of adjusting them to try to develop new diagnostic tests or treatments for ALS.
The team is developing a unique imaging biomarker to track TDP-43, a protein found in almost all cases of ALS.
Dr. Timothy Miller is featured in this news release describing how the money raised in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has helped discover new genetic causes of this disease. KSDK TV St. Louis
Dr. Timothy Miller, Washington University, and Dr. Merit Cudkowicz, Massachusetts General Hospital, provide an update on the C9orf72 Natural History Study and discuss therapies in development for C9 patients.
MDA announces enrollment in the Phase I/II trial of SOD1 antisense oligonucleotides. Dr. Timothy Miller led the first trial of these SOD1 ASOs in ALS patients and is now the academic Principle Investigator for the Phase I/II trial, sponsored by Biogen Idec and Ionis Pharmaceuticals.
New research indicating genetic mutations may underlie more ALS cases than scientists originally thought. Dr. Miller’s close colleague Dr. Matthew Harms states, “To our surprise, we found that 26 percent of sporadic ALS patients had potential mutations in one of the known ALS genes we analyzed. This suggests that mutations may be contributing to significantly more ALS cases.”
Highlights the exciting new results from Dr. Miller’s first Phase I trial of SOD1-targeting ASOs, stating that the investigational treatment for inherited forms of ALS has passed an early clinical trial for safety.
Dr. Miller featured in news article and video about his Phase I clinical trial of antisense oligonucleotides targeting the SOD1 protein in ALS patients with SOD1 mutations.
MDA presents an update regarding research on ALS, featuring Dr. Timothy M. Miller from Washington University in St. Louis. MDA is supporting a clinical trial of antisense therapy seeking to counteract the affects of a toxic version of the protein SOD1 in patients with an inherited form of ALS.
MDA presents an update regarding research on ALS, featuring Dr. Timothy M. Miller from Washington University in St. Louis.