Clinical Focus

  • Neurology

Academic Appointments

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Stanford University Neurology Residency (2023) CA
  • Board Certification: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Neurology (2022)
  • Residency: Universite Laval (2022) Canada
  • Medical Education: Universite Laval (2017) Canada

All Publications

  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Proteomic Changes after Nusinersen in Patients with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Journal of clinical medicine Beaudin, M., Kamali, T., Tang, W., Hagerman, K. A., Dunaway Young, S., Ghiglieri, L., Parker, D. M., Lehallier, B., Tesi-Rocha, C., Sampson, J. B., Duong, T., Day, J. W. 2023; 12 (20)


    Disease-modifying treatments have transformed the natural history of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), but the cellular pathways altered by SMN restoration remain undefined and biomarkers cannot yet precisely predict treatment response. We performed an exploratory cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) proteomic study in a diverse sample of SMA patients treated with nusinersen to elucidate therapeutic pathways and identify predictors of motor improvement. Proteomic analyses were performed on CSF samples collected before treatment (T0) and at 6 months (T6) using an Olink panel to quantify 1113 peptides. A supervised machine learning approach was used to identify proteins that discriminated patients who improved functionally from those who did not after 2 years of treatment. A total of 49 SMA patients were included (10 type 1, 18 type 2, and 21 type 3), ranging in age from 3 months to 65 years. Most proteins showed a decrease in CSF concentration at T6. The machine learning algorithm identified ARSB, ENTPD2, NEFL, and IFI30 as the proteins most predictive of improvement. The machine learning model was able to predict motor improvement at 2 years with 79.6% accuracy. The results highlight the potential application of CSF biomarkers to predict motor improvement following SMA treatment. Validation in larger datasets is needed.

    View details for DOI 10.3390/jcm12206696

    View details for PubMedID 37892834