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  • May 24, 2016 Washington Post: Ancient sheep help in quest for Tay-Sachs treatment

    Washington Post: Ancient sheep help in quest for Tay-Sachs treatment

    A rare breed of ancient sheep called Jacob has played a key role in scientists working to find a treatment for Tay-Sachs disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that attacks newborns. Miguel Sena-Esteves, PhD, associate professor of neurology and a member of the Horae Gene Therapy Center, talked to the Washington Post

  • Feb 11, 2014 Scientist wins award for tackling devastating brain disease in kids

    Scientist wins award for tackling devastating brain disease in kids

    Miguel Sena-Esteves, PhD, associate professor of neurology, was presented with the annual “See the Light” award from the Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation (MFRF) in recognition of his leadership in the fight against children’s genetic diseases of the brain. A member of the UMass Medical School Gene Therapy Center, Dr. Sena-Esteves is investigating the potential of using gene therapy techniques to replace the faulty gene that causes Tay-Sachs disease, a devastating neurological disorder that causes deterioration of mental and physical abilities in children starting at six months old, usually resulting in death by the age of 5.