Newsmaker: Brown on Fox25 about ALS breakthroughs

By Jim Fessenden

UMass Medical School Communications

September 04, 2012

Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, professor and chair of neurology, talked to Fox25 TV Boston about an important amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research breakthrough published in Nature Medicine last week.

Dr. Brown, a co-author of the study identifying a new gene that influences survival time in ALS patients, said the development is compelling.

“There’s a molecular break that slows down how nerves re-grow after an injury,” Brown told Fox25. “It turns out when that break is released, people with ALS actually live longer and do better. The hope is that this might be an insight into a new treatment.”

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