Marisa Wexler, MS, senior science writer —

Marisa holds a Master of Science in cellular and molecular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. Her areas of expertise include cancer biology, immunology, and genetics, and she has worked as a science writing and communications intern for the Genetics Society of America.

Articles by Marisa Wexler

Effects on Different Neurons May Explain How Symptoms Evolve

In Huntington’s disease, neurodegeneration in a brain region called the striatum differs not only across different types of neurons, but also across distinct striatal compartments, according to a study of brain samples from a Huntington’s patient and mouse models. The striosomes, the striatal compartment involved in regulating mood, was more…

Study Finds How Branaplam May Work to Help Treat Huntington’s

Branaplam (LMI070), an experimental oral therapy for Huntington’s disease that’s currently in early clinical trials, reduces levels of the mutant huntingtin protein by interfering with a process called mRNA splicing, a new study reveals. “Here, we delineated the mechanism of action of Branaplam,” researchers wrote. The study, “…

Dosing Paused in Phase 2 Branaplam Trial Due to Possible Side Effects

Due to possible side effects, dosing is being paused in the Phase 2 VIBRANT-HD clinical trial of oral branaplam (LMI070) in adults with Huntington’s disease. A scheduled assessment found “early signs” that “branaplam might be causing peripheral neuropathy,” a condition marked by pain or numbness in the extremities caused by damage…

Long-term Trials of Exercise for Huntington’s Patients Feasible

Long-term trials of interventions to promote physical activity for people with Huntington’s disease are feasible, with a “nested trial” approach that assigns some patients already taking part in an observational study to an activities group while others serve as controls, a study reported. The yearlong effort was designed as a…