30 episodes

ABCs of NMOSD brings together the latest information and research about all things NMOSD, from diagnosis and treatment to quality of life and what it’s like to live with NMOSD.

We invite medical experts and researchers, to share the latest up-to-date research and clinical knowledge. We have conversations with individuals who have been diagnosed with NMOSD, their caregivers, and allied health professionals. We give tips on how to advocate at school and at work, where to find help and support, navigate health insurance, and work with a team of medical experts.

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ABCs of NMOSD brings together the latest information and research about all things NMOSD, from diagnosis and treatment to quality of life and what it’s like to live with NMOSD.

We invite medical experts and researchers, to share the latest up-to-date research and clinical knowledge. We have conversations with individuals who have been diagnosed with NMOSD, their caregivers, and allied health professionals. We give tips on how to advocate at school and at work, where to find help and support, navigate health insurance, and work with a team of medical experts.

    501. Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Care with NMOSD

    501. Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Care with NMOSD

    For this “ABCs of NMOSD” episode titled, “Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Care with NMOSD,” Dr. Jonathan Galli joined Krissy Dilger of SRNA. Dr. Galli provided insights into the disorder and its presentation across age groups, emphasizing the importance of aggressive treatment [00:01:35]. He highlighted differences in treatment approaches and medication availability between pediatric and adult populations [00:05:54]. The discussion also explored the transition process, including timelines, support systems, and considerations for patients and families, aiming to ensure a smooth shift in care [00:10:45].



    Dr. Galli received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, VT, and completed his neurology residency at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT, where he worked with Fellowship mentor, Dr. Clardy. As part of his fellowship training, he conducted research to look for biomarkers in individuals with NMOSD. The research investigated whether individuals have aquaporin¬-4 (AQP¬4) autoantibodies prior to their symptom onset of NMOSD, and also looked for other inflammatory biomarkers. He hopes the study will help us to understand how biomarkers occur over the course of the disorder, which will hopefully help identify predictors of disease development, and ultimately therapeutic targets.

    • 29 min
    405. Neuro-Ophthalmology and NMOSD

    405. Neuro-Ophthalmology and NMOSD

    Krissy Dilger of SRNA was joined by Dr. Robert Shin. Dr. Shin began by summarizing the role of neuro-ophthalmologists and how they specialize in the intersection of neurology and ophthalmology, and address vision-related issues, including those associated with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). Dr. Shin talked about the tests used to diagnose visual issues. He discussed how distinguishing NMOSD from other conditions that cause optic neuritis, like multiple sclerosis (MS) and MOG antibody disease (MOGAD), can be challenging. He emphasized the importance of rapid and proper treatment of optic neuritis. Finally, Dr. Shin described how low-vision therapy may help those with significant visual impairment.

    • 24 min
    404. All Things Relapses

    404. All Things Relapses

    SRNA's Krissy Dilger was joined by Dr. Hamza Coban to discuss neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) relapses. They discussed distinguishing between true relapses, pseudo relapses, and Uhthoff's phenomenon. Dr. Coban discussed the importance of early diagnosis and prompt treatment to prevent severe and debilitating symptoms. He described various treatments to prevent relapses. He also talked about the timing of relapses and when to consider switching therapies.

    • 36 min
    403. I-CAN, A Study of Inebilizumab in Children with AQP4+ NMOSD

    403. I-CAN, A Study of Inebilizumab in Children with AQP4+ NMOSD

    For this “ABCs of NMOSD” episode, Rebecca Whitney of SRNA was joined by Dr. Michael Levy. Dr. Levy gave an overview of I-CAN, a Phase 2 study of inebilizumab in children with aquaporin-4 positive neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder or NMOSD. As one of the principal investigators for the study, he shared details about inclusion criteria and inebilizumab, brand name Uplizna™. Dr. Levy also discussed what someone can expect if they choose to participate in this trial, how participation would impact someone’s current treatment, and the timeline of this trial. Additional information is available here:

    https://wearesrna.org/clinical-studies-and-trials/study-of-inebilizumab-in-pediatric-subjects-with-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder/ 

    https://clinicaltrials.gov/study/NCT05549258?term=NCT05549258&aggFilters=status:not%20rec&rank=1

    • 15 min
    402. Sexual Dysfunction and NMOSD

    402. Sexual Dysfunction and NMOSD

    In this episode of “ABCs of NMOSD” titled “Sexual Dysfunction and NMOSD,” Krissy Dilger of SRNA was joined by Dr. Philippines Cabahug. Dr. Cabahug defined the types of sexual dysfunction for people who have impairment in the spinal cord. She summarized treatments that are available for men and women. She discussed considerations for mobility and whether NMOSD may affect fertility. Finally, Dr. Cabahug described physical rehabilitation that can improve sexual dysfunction and how to choose a health care provider to assist with evaluation.

    • 19 min
    401. Mental Health and NMOSD

    401. Mental Health and NMOSD

    Dr. Mary Rensel and Dr. Amy Sullivan joined Krissy Dilger of SRNA for an “ABCs of NMOSD” podcast titled “Mental Health and NMOSD.” The experts began the conversation by sharing how behavioral medicine teams support people who are adjusting to a chronic disease or change of function. They also reviewed some of the tools that can enhance quality of life and address depression, fatigue, and pain levels. These include breathing tools, visualization, body scanning, and mindfulness-based therapy. Finally, Dr. Rensel and Dr. Sullivan discussed support groups and stress relief for care partners and loved ones of people who are receiving care.

    • 35 min

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