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

Dynamics of CAR T-cell therapy in NMOSD shown in study

Immune T-cells of the CAR T-cell therapy CT103A are able to rapidly eliminate disease-driving immune cells and reduce immune cells’ overall inflammatory activity in people with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), a study shows. “This study is the first in-depth single-cell … analysis of multiple types of body fluids…

Study links NMOSD to increased type 2 diabetes risk

The risk of developing type 2 diabetes is more than 50% higher among people with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) compared with matched people without the neurological condition, a study found. Results suggest that the risk of diabetes is particularly high in NMOSD patients who have receive treatment with…

AAN2024: No relapses with Ultomiris after more than 2.5 years

None of the neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) patients in the Phase 3 CHAMPION-NMOSD clinical trial have had a disease relapse while on Ultomiris (ravulizumab-cwvz) treatment for a median of more than 2.5 years. These findings were shared by Sean Pittock, MD, the trial’s principal investigator, at the…

FDA approves Ultomiris to treat adults with AQP4-related NMOSD

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Ultomiris (ravulizumab-cwvz) to treat adults with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) who are positive for antibodies against the aquaporin-4 (AQP4) protein. About 75% of people with NMOSD produce antibodies that bind to AQP4, according to the therapy’s developer, Alexion…

Immune B-cells train T-cells to prevent NMOSD: Mouse study

Under normal circumstances, immune B-cells train T-cells, another type of immune cell, on which targets not to attack, preventing the development of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), according to a study in mice. This training occurs in the thymus gland, a small organ behind the breastbone that works as…

Blood markers NfL, GFAP provide useful information in NMOSD

Two blood markers — neurofilament light chain (NfL) and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) — provide complementary clinical information about neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), a review study highlights. “Based on the results of several studies, both NfL and GFAP are considered to have their own strengths as clinical…

Prevalence of disease for NMOSD estimated at 22,000 US patients

A new study of disease prevalence estimates that about 22,000 people in the U.S. were living with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) in 2022. The findings also suggest that the progressive autoimmune disease is most common in Black women, as compared with other U.S. demographics. For Asian American women,…

Frequent treatment switching linked to worse outcomes in study

People with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) who switch between treatments more than once because of side effects or non-medical reasons have an increased risk of disease activity, a study shows. While each additional switch for either reason increased the risk of NMOSD activity, no such association was seen…

Ultomiris now approved in Canada for AQP4-positive NMOSD adults

Ultomiris (ravulizumab) is now approved in Canada to treat adults with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) who are positive for antibodies against aquaporin-4 (AQP4). According to a press release from Alexion Canada, which will market Ultomiris in the country, it’s the “first and only” long-acting therapy…