Biomarkers are medical indicators that can be measured to inform us of the progress of a disease.
For example, the amount of a particular protein found in a blood or urine sample may have a strong correlation with the phase of a disease; measuring the amount of this protein will then help us to better assess the state of the disease.
Reliable biomarkers can therefore also help to determine whether a particular therapy is having the desired positive effect on a disease, as the levels of the biomarkers should be responsive to effective treatments.
Research is being conducted to find a dependable set of biomarkers for SMA, which will be an invaluable tool for helping to assess the effectiveness of potential therapies in SMA clinical trials.
Progress with SMA Biomarkers