Sunday, September 9, 2007

Another Research Update

1) How many times have doctors and researchers said, “We don’t really know how it works…”? Well researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Stanford University have figured out a key to understanding how Copaxone (glatiramer acetate) works. At least in mice.

Go to the 5 Aug 07 online edition of “Nature Medicine” for details if you are trained in medical research. http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v13/n8/abs/nm1620.html

The UCSF News Office offers a translation, which I have dumbed down even further: Instead of acting on the lymphocytes (white blood cells) that cause the damage to our central nervous system tissues, Copaxone seems to target the cells that tell the white blood cells what to do. HA! So all along these white blood cells were simple pawns in a bigger game! Personally, I think this is a BIG breakthrough!

Next steps: find out if it works as well in humans.

2) We often hear about big research grants and breakthroughs, but rarely do the little efforts get much attention.
The University of Delaware (just up the street) received another one-year grant from the NMSS for Slobodan Jaric, Ph.D, to “…continue his promising research into hand function in people with neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, and to create a simple diagnostic tool that tests hand function more accurately.” Source: 5 Sept 07 press release
http://ded.nationalmssociety.org/site/DocServer/DED_MS_Society_Grant.doc?docID=25161

2 comments:

  1. Heh ... Kinda like the functionality of aspirin ...

    Cures whatever ail's ya!

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  2. I await the research results in humans with baited breath...or perhaps just bad breath. LOL

    Linda D. in Seattle

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