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This week some encouraging clinical trial results were announced by a biotech firm called Anavex Life Sciences.
The company had been testing their lead experimental therapy – a Sigma-1 receptor agonist called ANAVEX2-73 (also known as blarcamesine) – in 132 people with Parkinson’s disease dementia over a 14 week period.
The results are rather encouraging: significantly positive outcomes in both cognitive and motor symptoms.
In today’s post, we will explain what exactly “Sigma-1 receptor agonist” means, discuss what Parkinson’s disease dementia is, and review what we currently know about the results of the trial.
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A lot of clinical trials for disease modification in Parkinson’s are focused on targeting well known proteins that are believed to be associated with underlying biology of the condition, such as alpha synuclein, LRRK2, and GBA. We discuss these on a regular basis here on the SoPD.
There are, however, a large number of trials investigating less well known targets.
And this week we received news that one of these clinical trials had some positive results.
The study was conducted by the biotech company Anavex Life Sciences and it involved their lead experimental therapy ANAVEX2-73 (also known as blarcamesine).
ANAVEX2-73 is a Sigma-1 receptor agonist.
What does that mean?
Continue reading “The Anavex results”
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Wearable technology offers the potential to more accurately monitor the symptoms of Parkinson’s in real time. Such information could allow for better and more precise management of the condition, as well as providing objective measures for clinical trials exploring novel therapies.
Assessing some of the features of Parkinson’s, however, is not easy. Differentiating jerky involuntary movements like tremor or dyskinesias from planned movements like typing or shaking someone’s hand has proven difficult
Recently, researchers at the tech giant Apple have been applying some focus to this problem and they are now sharing their results with the Parkinson’s community.
In today’s post, we will review a research report presenting the results of the Apple study and discuss other recent events in wearable tech for Parkinson’s.
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I used to be an Apple fan back in the day (mid-late 2000s). Wonderful user interface, superb design, lovely innovative products.
But I have to admit: gradually over time I became disenchanted with them.
The products became too expensive, the “Walled garden” mentality around the operating system frustrated me, and there has been a lack of serious innovation (a new iteration on a phone or tablet every year just doesn’t cut it… and now they are thinking of getting into the crowded space of electric cars… yippee, inspiring stuff).
Maybe we came to expect too much from them, but (personal opinion here) I think they lost their fanatical drive in the absence of Steve.
[Positive way to start a post on, huh? It gets better. Stay with me]
All of that said, Apple published a research report earlier this year that deserves the Parkinson’s community’s attention and respect.
What did they report?
Continue reading “Monitoring an Apple in motion”
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This week, the biotech firm AFFiRiS published the long awaited results of their Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating a vaccine for Parkinson’s. The vaccine – called PD01A – targets a protein that clumps/aggregates together in certain neurons in the brains of people with Parkinson’s.
The multi-year study suggests that the treatment is safe and tolerated. In addition, it causes the immune system to generate antibodies that target the aggregated form of alpha synuclein.
And while it must be remembered that this is a small, open-label study, there are some intriguing statements made in the report.
In today’s post, we will discuss what PD01A is, review the results of the clinical study, and explore what happens next.
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As the world awaits the development of a vaccine that will combat COVID-19, the neurodegenerative research community has quietly been watching a biotech company in Austria that has been developing a vaccine of a different sort: A vaccine for Parkinson’s.
The company is called AFFiRiS:
And this week they published the results of their Phase 1 safety/tolerability clinical trial of their immunotherapy treatment (PD01A) that they are testing in people with recently diagnosed Parkinson’s.
What is immunotherapy?
Continue reading “The hunt for a vaccine”