244th ENMC International Workshop: Newborn Screening in Spinal Muscular Atrophy


Clinicians, newborn screening specialists, economists, geneticists, patients and patient advocates, and industry representatives from 12 countries convened in The Netherlands for an international workshop on newborn screening (NBS) for spinal muscular atrophy.

The aim of this workshop was to synthetise the available information on NBS technical, ethical, economical and practical aspects, and to identify the gap in current knowledge of patients identification and communication of diagnosis and treatment following NBS.

The resulting publication is available here.

SMA Type 1 care guidelines – by country


SMA Type 1 care guidelinesThe Netherlands

A new guideline which stipulates what the optimal care for children with SMA type 1 is with the arrival of new, disease-inhibiting medicines, has been published by Dutch neurologists.



Poland also has a guide, written by Chiara Mastella and translated from Italian into Polish.

What to expect from a lumbar puncture – video


The department of Paediatric Neurology and Muscle Diseases at Freiburg University Medical Centre has produced this video to explain lumbar punctures to children, young people and their parents. It is hoped that it will provide them with peace of mind. The video may be used as a supplement to the explanations and preparations by the treating physician.

A lumbar puncture, also called spinal tap, is a medical test. It may be applied to children and young people in order to diagnose diseases of the nervous system or to give a medication (such as Spinraza™).

You can listen to the video in:


New treatments for spinal muscular atrophy open-up new challenges for European & national institutions



Marie-Christine Ouillade & Alexandre Méjat.


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A new tool for tracking the progression of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA): quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (qMRI).


In a Roche collaboration study with the University of Basel Children’s Hospital in Switzerland, researchers examined ways of tracking change in people with Type 3 SMA over a 1-year period using different biomarkers.  They also looked at whether these biomarkers correlated with well established measures of mobility and movement (MFM [motor function measure] and 6MWT [6minute walk test]).

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