Rare Disease Report

2015 American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting-Preview

APRIL 16, 2015
James Radke, PhD

It is gearing up to be a great annual meeting for the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), and we at Rare Disease Report will be reporting daily from the conference. From the Sunday afternoon sessions on autoimmune encephalopathies to Friday’s clinical trial plenary sessions, the week will be filled with interesting topics, controversies, discussions, and treatments for a variety of rare neurological diseases. And we plan to highlight the major stories all week long. 

Some of the presenters we plan to speak with include:
  • Ryuji Kaji, MD, PhD, of Tokushima University, summarizing  his 7-year study examining the efficacy of ultra-high-dose methylcobalamin in patients with ALS
  • Merrill Benson, MD, of Indiana University, discussing the phase 3 study evaluating ISIS-TTRRx in patients with transthyretin familial amyloid polyneuropathy (TTR-FAP) [
  • Michael Levy, MD, of Johns Hopkins Medicine, providing an update on neuromyelitis optica
  • Eric Hoffman, PhD, of George Washington University and ReveraGen BioPharma, summarizing the long-term outcomes of prednisone/ prednisolone and deflazacort in Duchenne muscular dystrophy 
  • Shin Oh, MD, of the University of Alabama, talking about the phase 3 trial examining the use of amifampridine phosphate in patients with LEMS
  • Kenneth Fischbeck, MD, of the National Institutes of Health, evaluating the value of biomarkers in assessing exon-skipping studies involving boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Sean Pittock, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, summarizing the latest research in  neuromyelitis optica
  • Elizabeth Coon, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, talking about the possibility that Bertha, "the mad woman in the attic" in Jane Eyre, had Huntington disease
  • Swati Sathe, MD, of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, speaking about diagnosing CADASIL  
  • James Wheless, MD, of the University of Tennessee, commenting on tuberous sclerosis complex
  • Tracy Brandt, PhD, of GeneDx, talking about genetic testing for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
 Stay tuned for more informative highlights and coverage of the AAN meeting at http://www.raredr.com/conferences/neurology2015.
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