Every day, researchers are getting closer to understanding and treating ALS. Just two months ago, the results of a few research studies revealed we’re closer now than we ever have been before.
The 68th annual American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting took place in Vancouver from April 15th through the 21st. More than 2,700 abstracts were presented during the meeting session in addition to exhibits featuring the latest technology and products available within the field of neurology.
Two studies presented during the meeting, that we’re taking note of, focused on the advancement of ALS research.
The first study was conducted by the University of Antwerp in Belgium. In this study, the team looked at 29 families with the C9orf72 gene mutation. This mutation exhibits what the team is calling “anticipation” with diseases, as the study showed diseases would start earlier in life for younger generations than the older ones.
A similar research study conducted by the University of Torino in Italy, looked at the APOE gene present for ALS and Alzheimer’s patients. This study found that the APOE2 allele being present often results in a reduced risk of dementia, whereas in ALS patients, the APOE2 gene led to an increased risk of dementia by 2.5 times.
What this Means for ALS
Both of these studies focused heavily on the DNA mutations that are present within ALS patients. While neither of these studies has directly led to answers, with each additional question the results of these studies bring to light, research teams are getting closer to determining the exact causes of ALS, and how to better treat the disease.
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