Author Archives: Mary Chapman

Patients, Supporters Worldwide Recognizing Rare Disease Day 2020

An abundance of events are afoot around the world to mark Rare Disease Day 2020 on Feb. 29. The activities are focused on heightening awareness about rare diseases and the hundreds of millions of individuals they are thought to affect. Patients, caregivers, and advocates worldwide will sport denim ribbons…

CMTA Donors Pledge $100K for Matching Donations to CMT1A Research

With a $100,000 match pledge to CMT1A research, longtime Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA) supporters Seth and Missy Warfield have issued a challenge to other members of the disease community. The pledge was in celebration of the nonprofit organization earning a prestigious four-star Charity Navigator rating. It’s the highest…

CMTRF/AcuraStem Partnership Yields Promising CMT2A Therapy

In a research partnership with the CMT Research Foundation (CMTRF), a prospective treatment being developed by AcuraStem for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) was found to be a promising preclinical therapy candidate for a form of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease. In the collaborative drug screen for…

$10M in NINDS Grants Will Support CMT Biomarkers Project at URMC

Some $10 million in National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) grants aimed at accelerating clinical trials in rare neurological disorders will support a Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease biomarkers project. Funding comes from NINDS’ Clinical Trial Readiness for Rare Neurological and Neuromuscular Diseases program, established to back investigations…

Coping and Hoping: CMT Patient Keeps Going

Because Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease ran in her family, Denise Snow suspected in high school that frequent falls were more than clumsiness. “I recognized the disease in myself,” said Snow, 63, after a Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA) patient conference in Detroit. “As time went on, symptoms increased. I started…

CMTA Grants Thousands in Funding for STAR Research Projects

The Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA) has awarded approximately $1 million in grants to scientists worldwide investigating treatments and a cure for the disease of the peripheral muscle-controlling nerves. The grants bring to more than 50 the number of Strategy to Accelerate Research (STAR) projects the association is funding, according…