BioMarkers in ALS
Dec 2nd at 4:00 pm PDT
5:00pm MDT, 6:00pm CDT, 7:00pm EDT
Guest Speaker Dr. Robert Bowser from Barrow Neurological Institute will discuss Biomarkers in ALS to aid in Earlier Diagnosis, Select Patients for Clinical Trials, and Monitor Impact of Therapies
Dr. Robert Bowser, PhD
Barrow Neurological Institute
Deputy Chief Scientific Officer
Professor, Neurology and Neurobiology
Dr. Robert Bowser is an internationally-recognized leader in ALS research. He has pioneered the research into the discovery and validation of biomarkers for ALS. These biomarkers can be useful for diagnosis and for measuring disease progression. Biomarkers are quite useful in assessing the effectiveness of drugs in clinical trials, including the recently published topline Phase 3 results for the NurOwn mesenchymal stem cell therapy. As director of the ALS Research Center, Dr. Bowser directs research to determine the underlying mechanisms of ALS, identify new targets for drug treatment, develop improved therapies for ALS, and lead clinical research studies performed in numerous medical centers throughout North America.Dr. Bowser obtained his PhD from Yale University. He performed fellowship training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He joined the faculty at Barrow Neurological Institute in 2011. Now he runs the Bowser Lab at Barrow, which is conducting landmark research into ALS.
The goal of the Bowser Lab is to develop diagnostic biomarkers for ALS and to identify biochemical pathways that are altered early in disease. ALS is a heterogeneous disorder, which makes finding effective treatments challenging. The best treatment will likely be a combination of drug therapies. If, however, we could identify subpopulations of ALS patients, it might be possible to create a more personalized approach to treatment. The Bowser Lab is exploring methods to identify biomarkers that distinguish subpopulations of ALS patients. These biomarkers could be useful for targeting drug treatments to subpopulations that have a higher probability of responding to treatment. Mutations in two RNA binding proteins (TDP-43 and FUS) cause familial forms of ALS. This highlights the importance of normal RNA metabolism in the health of motor neurons. The Bowser Lab has discovered additional RNA and DNA binding proteins that are altered in ALS patients.
Dr. Bowser is the author of 194 peer-reviewed studies that you can find on PubMed.gov. Among those studies are the following: