Marisa Wexler, MS, senior science writer —

Marisa holds a Master of Science in cellular and molecular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. Her areas of expertise include cancer biology, immunology, and genetics, and she has worked as a science writing and communications intern for the Genetics Society of America.

Articles by Marisa Wexler

Long Non-coding RNAs in Pediatric Localized Scleroderma Profiled

Levels of a type of immune cell called T-cells are elevated in skin biopsies from children with localized scleroderma, a new study shows. The study showed that T-cells from pediatric localized scleroderma patients can promote scar-forming activity in skin cells when grown together in a laboratory culture. Researchers also…

Simulations Plus Software Will Model Lung Disease in Scleroderma

Simulations Plus has released software that aims to use advanced mathematical computer models to predict responses to therapy in people with interstitial lung disease associated with systemic sclerosis (SSc-ILD). The company says the new software, called ILDsym version 1A, may help toward developing new therapies for people with…

Multiple Scleroderma-linked Antibodies Possible in Patients

About 2% of people with scleroderma are positive for more than one disease-associated antibody that targets tissues, causing damaging inflammation, according to a new study. Results suggest that certain antibody combinations may be associated with distinct clinical features. The study, “Combinations of scleroderma hallmark autoantibodies associate…

Plasma Exchange May Help Ease Scleroderma’s Digestive Symptoms

Therapeutic plasma exchange may help ease digestive issues in people with limited systemic scleroderma (lcSSc), new research indicates. Edward Harris of the Scleroderma Education Project presented the findings at the American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) annual meeting in Philadelphia earlier this month, in a poster titled, “The Effects…

Europe Awaits Proposed New Framework for Sharing Health Data

The European Commission is expected to propose a new governing framework for health data next month, called the European Health Data Space (EHDS), with the aim of connecting national health systems to facilitate secure and efficient transfer of data across systems in different European nations. The move is expected to…

Organoid Treatment Lowers Inflammation, Fibrosis in Mice

Treatment with stem cells grown into a skin-like structure called an organoid reduced inflammation and fibrosis (scarring) in a mouse model of localized scleroderma, a new study found. The study, “Application of an iPSC-Derived Organoid Model for Localized Scleroderma Therapy,” was published in Advanced Science.