Miller School ALS Expert Helps Discover New Genetic Causes for Multi-System Degenerative Disorder

Michael Benatar, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael Benatar, M.D., Ph.D.

The Miller School’s Michael Benatar, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neurology, was part of an international team of researchers that discovered two new genetic causes of a multi-system degenerative disorder that typically affects the brain, muscle and bone, and of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Published March 3 in the journal Nature, their study sheds light on the underlying biology of ALS and new opportunities for therapeutic development.

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