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

Austedo Adherence Rates Higher Than Xenazine’s, US Study Finds

People with Huntington’s disease are more likely to take Austedo (deutetrabenazine) as directed, compared with the similar medication Xenazine (tetrabenazine), according to a new study. The study also found lower discontinuation rates with Austedo, which may suggest that, between these two treatments for chorea, Austedo tends to…

Branaplam on FDA’s Fast Track; Phase 2 Trial Now Enrolling

The experimental oral medication branaplam (LMI070) has been granted fast track designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a potential treatment for Huntington’s disease, according to an announcement from the therapy’s developer, Novartis. This designation is designed to speed the development and review of…

Valbenazine Eases Chorea in Trial; FDA Submission Expected Next Year

Treatment with valbenazine significantly lessened chorea — a motor symptom characterized by jerky, unpredictable, and involuntary movements — in people with Huntington’s disease in the Phase 3 clinical trial KINECT-HD, according to an announcement from the therapy’s developer, Neurocrine Biosciences. Neurocrine now is planning to submit an…

SAGE-718 on FDA Fast Track as Potential Huntington’s Therapy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted fast track designation to SAGE-718 as a potential therapy for Huntington’s disease. The FDA gives this designation to experimental medications with the potential to improve medical care for serious health conditions and fill unmet needs. The designation gives the therapy’s…

Presymptomatic Disease Changes One’s View of Time, Patients Say

Huntington’s disease patients who have not yet developed symptoms have a different relationship with time than otherwise-healthy individuals, according to a new study based on patient interviews. The findings highlight a need for long-term psychological support for people with presymptomatic Huntington’s to help them develop proactive coping strategies and…

Glia Brain Cells May Open Door to Treatment Strategy

Brain cells called glia work to protect the brain from damage in Huntington’s disease by reducing the expression of genes involved in maintaining connections between nerve cells, a new study indicates. The findings suggest that targeting glia could be a useful strategy for Huntington’s treatment, and also highlight that…