Mind Moments®, a podcast from NeurologyLive®, brings you an exclusive interview with Bridget A. Bagert, MD, MPH. [LISTEN TIME: 32 minutes]
Episode 56 of the NeurologyLive® Mind Moments® podcast is now live! Scroll down to listen or click here to subscribe on your favorite streaming service.
The Mind Moments® podcast features exclusive interviews with leaders in the field discussing the latest research and disease management strategies across the breadth of neurology, including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson disease, dementia, sleep disorders, and more.
Episode 56, "Epstein-Barr Virus's Relationship With Multiple Sclerosis," features an exclusive interview with Bridget A. Bagert, MD, MPH, director, Ochsner Multiple Sclerosis Center, and an investigator in the clinical study of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-targeted agent, ATA188 (Atara Biotherapeutics).1 She offered her perspective on the recent data from Ascherio et al on the relationship between EBV and multiple sclerosis (MS) that suggest it may be a root cause of the disease,2 as well as background on the decades of research that have led to this point and the potential of therapies that target EBV and the B cells it infects for patients with MS.
The stories highlighted in this episode's Neurology News Minute can be found here:
1:25 – Background and historical data on EBV and MS
5:15 – The role B cells play in MS and EBV infection
10:20 – The current understanding of EBV as a cause of MS
14:20 – Neurology News Minute
18:05 – Immediate research needs in this area
21:00 – The clinical community’s view of this relationship
23:45 – ATA188 as an EBV-targeted approach to MS
30:00 – Closing thoughts
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