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Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Center

SMA expert Dr. Charlotte Sumner in her labDr. Charlotte Sumner

The Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Center is a multidisciplinary clinic at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Our Mission

  • Provide expert and multidisciplinary care to patients with spinal muscular atrophy and related disorders, from infancy through adulthood
  • Administer new, FDA-approved treatments
  • Participate in multicenter clinical trials of novel SMA therapeutics
  • Offer support services to those living with SMA, as well as their families
  • Further understand the pathogenesis of SMA through integrating clinical and preclinical studies
  • Increase public awareness and educate patients and their families about SMA
  • Inspire and train the next generation of researchers and clinicians to address this devastating disorder


The FDA approved nusinersen to treat spinal muscular atrophy. Read more.

Press release: Experiments in Mice May Help Boost Newly FDA-approved Therapy for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. 

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