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Friday, August 12, 2011

Encouraging Data on Daclizumab


Biogen Idec (BIIB - Analyst Report) and Abbott Labs (ABT -Analyst Report) recently presented positive top-line data on their multiple sclerosis candidate, daclizumab. Biogen and Abbott Labs presented data from a phase IIb study – SELECT.


The global, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, one-year, dose-ranging study was conducted to evaluate the safety and efficacy of daclizumab in 600 patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS).


Two doses (150 mg or 300 mg every four weeks) of daclizumab were evaluated. Results showed that daclizumab reduced the annualized relapse rate by 54% in the 150 mg dose and 50% in the 300 mg dose arm compared to placebo.


Key secondary endpoints were also achieved by the candidate. The study also investigated daclizumab’s effect on disability progression as measured by the expanded disability status scale (EDSS) as a tertiary endpoint. Results showed that daclizumab reduced the risk of sustained disability progression at one year by 57% and 43% in the 150 mg and 300 mg dose arms, respectively. Biogen and Abbott Labs are currently analyzing the data further and expect to present detailed results at an upcoming medical meeting


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A global collaboration of scientists has identified 29 new genetic variants associated with MS

In the largest MS genetics study ever undertaken, a global collaboration of scientists has identified 29 new genetic variants associated with MS, and confirmed 23 others previously associated with the disease, verifying a major role for the immune system in the development of MS. The study involved nearly 10,000 people with MS and more than 17,000 controls without MS, and was funded by the Wellcome Trust, the National Institutes of Health, the National MS Society and many other organizations. Some 250 investigators of the International MS Genetics Consortium and the Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium 2 participated in the study, published in the August 11, 2011 issue of Nature (2011;476[7359]:214-219). The results are now to be confirmed and expanded in an independent, second large-scale set of cases with a research grant from the National MS Society.


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National MS Society names a new President and CEO


August 10, 2011 -
The board of directors of the National MS Society is pleased to have the honor to announce that effective October 1, Cyndi Zagieboylo will become the National MS Society’s new President and CEO.
Selecting the best candidate to lead the National MS Society is one of the most important duties that the national board has as volunteer leaders. We knew that we were looking for someone who could build on the strengths and extraordinary successes that we have together achieved. Someone who could bring together people from across the MS movement to fuel the necessary growth and innovation needed to realize a world free of MS. And I am pleased to say that we have found this person in Cyndi.
With more than 25-years’ experience at the National MS Society, Cyndi began her career at what was then called the Massachusetts chapter as a director of support services where she worked directly with people with MS, healthcare professionals and the community. From there, she focused on developing programs and services in the southeast and after that became an area director for the northeast where she worked on fund development, financial analysis, strategic planning and mission delivery as well as board member engagement.
As vice president for chapter programs she shifted her focus nationwide to vastly improve the strength of the chapter structure for the Society to better benefit people with MS. In this role she focused on ensuring the Society grew to be a strong unified and mission-focused organization, she helped establish the IRC call center, implemented the chapter certification standards program and developed several key processes for chapter support that remain in place today. As chief field services officer, her most current position, Cyndi’s role in the establishment of our regions was critical as she drove the process to align territories and hired our regional executive vice presidents. Further, she played a key role in establishing our 2011 through 2015 strategic response as a member of the core strategy and implementation team.
“Cyndi knows the MS Society inside and out and is perfectly positioned to become the National MS Society’s next CEO. Her 25-plus-year career at the Society and her vast experience from chapter to regional to national leadership demonstrates her deep knowledge of how this organization functions. Further, her strategic thinking and results-driven track record speak to her strength as a leader,” said Tom Kuhn, national board chair and search committee member.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Massive study disputes Zamboni theory of multiple sclerosis


Italinan doctor Paolo Zamboni in his studio at the University Hospital of Ferrara. He believes MS is caused by venous abnormalities, a theory that has been seized by thousands of patients across Canada who have flown to expensive overseas clinics for treatment of blocked veins. - Italinan doctor Paolo Zamboni in his studio at the University Hospital of Ferrara. He believes MS is caused by venous abnormalities, a theory that has been seized by thousands of patients across Canada who have flown to expensive overseas clinics for treatment of blocked veins. | Alessandro Vincenzi for The Globe and Mail
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The largest genetics-based study of multiple sclerosis ever conducted is casting significant doubt on a controversial theory that the disease is a vascular condition caused by blocked neck veins.
The study identified more than two dozen new genetic variants common to people with MS and found the majority of genes involved are pivotal to the immune system.
The discovery strongly suggests MS originates as an inflammatory immune response and casts aside “eccentric and maverick ideas” that it is caused by venous abnormalities, said Alastair Compston, neurology professor at the University of Cambridge and a joint lead author of the study.
“One can say that this provides absolutely no support whatsoever for that [blocked veins] idea,” Prof. Compston said.
The study is sure to stoke debate in Canada’s MS community, where many patients and researchers are divided over the controversial theory made popular by Paolo Zamboni. The Italian doctor believes MS is caused by venous abnormalities, a theory that has been seized upon by thousands of patients across Canada who have flown to expensive overseas clinics for treatment of blocked veins.
Proponents of the Zamboni theory have used social media to pressure politicians into bringing the unproven treatment to Canada. The federal government recently announced it will invest funds in a clinical trial of the procedure.
David Hafler, professor and chair of the neurology department at the Yale School of Medicine, said it’s “shameful” so much attention and investment is being placed on an idea that is simply not true in light of findings about the immunological roots of the disease.
“We now know the cause of MS. It’s no longer a mystery,” said Dr. Hafler, who was involved with the new study.
Nearly 250 researchers working as part of a major international consortium found 29 new genetic variants common to MS and confirmed that 23 previously identified genetic associations are linked to the disease.       Click here to see this information found in the next article on this blog
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