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Defeat MSA Alliance is a US based 501(c)(3) charity that aspires to balance efforts to support patients, educate medical professionals, raise public awareness and nurture promising research.


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In Memory of All Lost to Covid-19:Lori Marie Key, RN, a nurse who works in the Covid Unit Saint Joseph Mercy Health System in Michigan sung “Amazing Grace” for the memorial service tonight in DC. Defeat MSA Alliance Co-Founder & Research Advisor, Dr Pratik Bhattacharya works is a neurologist at the same hospital. Prior to the pandemic, St Joe’s co-sponsored an onsite MSA Support Group with Defeat MSA Alliance.www.facebook.com/BidenInaugural/videos/252152642937585/?vh=e&extid=0 ... See MoreSee Less
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ANNOUNCING: “HEROES & HEARTS” MSA Awareness Book Project; Visit Our Project Page (first option) Via Our Profile Link! #defeatmsa #kickmsa #msaawareness #photobook https://www.instagram.com/p/CKAaLVYBTdt/?igshid=lia8ykz7wpgy

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    MSA Expert
    Spotlight

    Wouter Peelaerts, PhD

    Wouter Peelaerts, PhD

    Dr. Wouter Peelaerts is an experienced neuroscientist with special expertise in degenerative brain diseases. He earned his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from KU Leuven and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship there focused on neurobiology and gene therapy under the mentorship of Prof. Veerle Baekelandt. His efforts helped uncover new insights that further link the abnormal protein alpha-synuclein to neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Parkinson’s and Multiple System Atrophy. He has received numerous accolades for his research, including the 2020 JiePie award for MSA research, a prestigious 2017–2019 Fulbright Fellowship and the ATCG and ID&T postdoctoral award. In 2017, he joined the lab of Dr. Patrik Brundin at Van Andel Institute, MI, USA. His current research focuses on drug repurposing and how infections can trigger Multiple System Atrophy. Dr. Peelaerts serves on the Scientific and Medical Research Advisory Committee for the six charities that make up MSA United International Consortium, which includes Defeat MSA Alliance (USA). He is Chair of the Alliance’s Scientific Research Section.

    List of Publications

    Christopher T. Tulisiak, Mercado G, Peelaerts W, Brundin L, Brundin P. 2019. Chapter Seventeen – Can infections trigger alpha-synucleinopathies? Progress in molecular biology and translational science. Vol 168. Pages 299-322.

    Quansah E*, Peelaerts W*, Langston JW, Simon DK, Colca J, Brundin P. 2018. Targeting energy metabolism via the mitochondrial pyruvate carrier as a novel approach to attenuate neurodegeneration. Mol Neurodegener 13:28.
    *Contributed equally

    Peelaerts W, Outeiro TF. 2017. Synuclein misfolding as a therapeutic target. Disease-modifying therapies and targets in neurodegenerative disorders. Academic Press.

    Peelaerts W, Baekelandt V. 2016. ɑ-Synuclein strains and the variable pathologies of synucleinopathies. J Neurochem 139(Suppl 1):256–274.

     

    Spotlight Links

    “Sticking With MSA” -Dr. Wouter Peelearts (Defeat MSA Alliance Blog Launch, April 2019)

    Fulbright grantee (2017–2018)

    Integrated DNA Technologies and Advanced Technologies and Community Giving Foundation award (2017)

    FWO postdoctoral fellowship (2017 – 2020)

    Annual Award for Movement Disorders, best scientific article published by a young investigator (2015)

     

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    Defeat MSA Awareness Shoe – #KickMSA

    The Defeat MSA Awareness Shoe ™ has traveled to multiple countries, rubbed shoulders with some notable people and visited many famous landmarks. The Shoe is a tool for spreading MSA awareness, increasing support for MSA patients and their caregivers and fighting MSA by raising vital research dollars. It’s journey is undertaken in memory of all those that have died due to MSA and in support of all those presently fighting Multiple System Atrophy!

    Learn more about the story and the globetrotting journey of the MSA Awareness Shoe here or via www.MSAshoe.org

    #DefeatMSA #KickMSA #DeFeetMSA

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    The Defeat MSA Awareness Shoe – #KickMSA

    The Defeat MSA Awareness Shoe ™ has traveled to dozens of countries, rubbed shoulders with some notable people and visited many famous landmarks. The Shoe is a tool for spreading MSA awareness, increasing support for MSA patients and their caregivers and fighting MSA by raising vital research dollars. It’s journey is undertaken in memory of all those that have died due to MSA and in support of all those presently fighting Multiple System Atrophy!

    To date, the Shoe has “Kicked MSA” in multiple countries across the world.

    Learn more about the story and the globetrotting journey of the MSA Awareness Shoe here or via www.MSAshoe.org

    #DefeatMSA #KickMSA #DeFeetMSA

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    Defeat MSA Alliance invites all our friends and allies, around the world, to join us in this noble fight, to speak for those who cannot, with one mind, one heart and one voice: to defeat MSA forever!

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    OUR LEGACY GRANTS

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    LEGACY

    GRANTS

    The Defeat MSA special Individual Named Legacy Grants program enables donors to fund a scientific research, medical education, patient support or public awareness grant and name it in their own name, in tribute to someone or in memory of a loved one. The Legacy Grants program designates four levels of grants: $15,000 (Platinum), $10,000 (Gold), $5,000 (Silver) and $2,500 (Bronze). MSA research grants begin at the $10,000 level. Please email us: legacyfunds@defeatmsa.org, if you are interested in finding out more about this lasting gift.

    MSA BLOGS 

    Caregiver’s Blog

    “Are we there yet?..No”- Anne Kastelic (Caregiver, Ohio)

    “Are we there yet?..No”- Anne Kastelic (Caregiver, Ohio)

    Caregiver Blog Post #2 The road to diagnosis... Are we there yet?...No Now?...No When are we going to get there? Said anyone who has taken a road trip.  Our trip took 3 1/2 years to get a doctor to agree to a diagnosis of "possible/probable MSA" and we were seeing...

    Researcher’s Blog

    “ANNOUNCING NEW MSA GENETIC STUDY IN CANADA”

    “ANNOUNCING NEW MSA GENETIC STUDY IN CANADA”

    November 23, 2020 WINDSOR, ON - Defeat MSA Canada/Vaincre L’AMS Canada, Defeat MSA Alliance: Defeat Multiple System Atrophy and MSA United International enthusiastically announce a new genetic study in partnership with the Canadian Open Parkinson's Network (C-OPN)....

    Advocate’s Blog

    GIVE HELP, GIVE HOPE – RAYS OF HOPE HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER!

    GIVE HELP, GIVE HOPE – RAYS OF HOPE HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER!

    GIVE HELP, GIVE HOPE – ANNOUNCING THE 2020 RAYS OF HOPE HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER! Help Us Support MSA Research! Help Us Support MSA Patients! Help Us Support MSA Awareness! Help Us Educate Medical Professionals! 4 Ways to Support Our Efforts: Create #JustGiving Holiday...

    #GIVINGTUESDAY – ON DECEMBER 1 – FACEBOOK MATCH FUNDRAISER!

    #GIVINGTUESDAY – ON DECEMBER 1 – FACEBOOK MATCH FUNDRAISER!

    Announcing Defeat MSA Alliance #GivingTuesday 2020 Facebook Matching Fundraiser!  Facebook has announced up to $100,000 Matching Funds Available on December 1, 2020 for #GivingTuesday. If you are giving this year - please consider helping Defeat MSA with a Facebook...

    Patient’s Blog

    “Defeat MSA Alliance is an amazing organization, giving voice to those affected by this little known, devastating disease. I have watched this grass roots effort grow since the beginning as a work of love and devotion by its founders. Indescribable grief and suffering has been channeled into positive action to help fund promising research and provide support for others dealing with MSA. It is an important and worthwhile organization and I hope to see it continue to serve more and more people in need.”

    Elena Fracassa, MS

    “I have observed this charity grow since it’s inception. The charity remains true to its objective of sponsoring clinical research, supporting patients and families living with this dreadful disease, through support groups, loaner equipment through the loaner closet program and networking on social media to connect families sharing their experiences across the world. This disease does not have a marathon or a 5k run in its name; so the charity also uses an intriguing device: a traveling shoe as a symbolic marathon to spread awareness among lay public about this devastating disease. “

    Dr. Pratik Bhattacharya, MD, MPH

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