Margarida Maia, PhD, science writer —

Margarida is a biochemist (University of Porto, Portugal) with a PhD in biomedical sciences (VIB and KULeuven, Belgium). Her main interest is science communication. She is also passionate about design and the dialogue between art and science.

Articles by Margarida Maia

Diabetes Linked to Worse COVID-19 Outcomes in FA Patients

People with Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) who also have diabetes, a condition that causes their blood glucose (sugar) level to become too high, are more likely than those who don’t have diabetes to have worse outcomes from COVID-19, according to a single-center study. Having diabetes increased both the chance of…

Larimar’s CTI-1601 Phase 2 Trial Now Enrolling in US

A four-week Phase 2 clinical trial that’ll be testing CTI-1601, Larimar Therapeutics’ experimental therapy for Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), is now enrolling in the U.S., the company announced in a press release. Patient recruitment began shortly after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted its full hold…

FDA Grants Priority Review to Reata’s Omaveloxolone Oral Therapy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted priority review to Reata Pharmaceuticals’ omaveloxolone, an investigational once-daily oral therapy for Friedreich’s ataxia. If approved, omaveloxolone would become the first therapy available for the treatment of the disease in the U.S. The decision comes following the company rounding…

A Conversation With Rare Disease Advocates