Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is the leading genetic cause of infantile death and the leading genetic killer of children under the age of two. As an associate professor in MU’s Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Christian Lorson has dedicated his life’s research to the study of this devastating disease in hopes of someday developing therapies to replace the diseased gene with a ‘healthy” one.
Lorson describes Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or SMA, a pediatric neurodegenerative disease that affects children. Thought by many to be a “rare” disease, Lorson says that, unfortunately, SMA is quite common, occurring once in every six-thousand live births worldwide. A devastating diagnosis, Lorson says SMA is the leading cause of infantile death.