Steve Bryson, PhD, science writer —

Steve holds a PhD in biochemistry from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Canada. As a medical scientist for 18 years, he worked in both academia and industry, where his research focused on the discovery of new vaccines and medicines to treat inflammatory disorders and infectious diseases. Steve is a published author in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals and a patented inventor.

Articles by Steve Bryson

New viral carrier shows promise for brain-targeted gene therapies

Scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have engineered a harmless adeno-associated virus (AAV) that can efficiently reach the brain, potentially improving the efficacy of brain-targeted gene therapies for neurological conditions such as Huntington’s disease. Current AAVs that deliver gene therapies to cells in the body via…

2 small molecules ease symptoms, progression in mice, study finds

Two types of orally available small molecules ameliorated symptoms and slowed progression of Huntington’s disease in a mouse model, a study reported. The treatments effectively reduced the levels of the mutant huntingtin protein in the brain without affecting normal huntingtin. The mutant version causes Huntington’s, a neurodegenerative condition.

FDA to review application for granulated form of Ingrezza

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will review Neurocrine Biosciences’ application of a new oral granule formulation of Ingrezza (valbenazine) for involuntary muscle contractions, or chorea, in adults with Huntington’s disease. The therapy was recently approved in the U.S. for Huntington’s-associated chorea in the form…

MTF1 protein lessens toxicity of mutant HTT, early study finds

Increased levels of the stress response protein MTF1 suppressed the toxic effects of the mutant huntingtin (mHTT) protein — the underlying cause of Huntington’s disease — in cellular and animal models of the neurodegenerative condition, a study showed. Specifically, MTF1 was found to counteract mHTT-associated oxidative stress, a type…