Entries by Fumihiko Urano

Clinical Trial Update by Fumihiko Urano, M.D.

Dear Friends, I would like to update you about the status of our clinical trial of dantrolene sodium in patients with Wolfram syndrome. Dantrolene is a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drug currently used for different medical conditions. Based on our data, we received orphan drug designation of dantrolene sodium for the treatment of […]

End Of The Year Update

Dear Friends, My highest priority right now is to work out the logistics for the upcoming clinical trial. As our medical center announced in November this year, we plan to start a phase 1b safety clinical trial of dantrolene sodium in patients with Wolfram syndrome. Dantrolene sodium is an FDA-approved drug utilized for the treatment […]

3 Things on my Mind When I Work on Wolfram syndrome

While working on Wolfram syndrome there are three things that are always on my mind: improving clinical care, raising awareness, and providing a cure. These three things motivate myself and my team to work hard every day.   Improving Clinical Care Our effort to understand the progression and neurological symptoms of Wolfram syndrome will help […]

Three Drug Targets. What is the difference?

We have identified three drug targets for Wolfram syndrome in the past two years. These are MANF, Calpain 2, and IRE1. What is the difference between these three molecules. Here is a short summary. MANF: Enhances survival and proliferation of remaining cells. Caplain 2: Activates cells death signal in Wolfram and Diabetes. So we need […]

High sugar levels in the brain and neurodegeneration

My top priorities are to: 1) repurpose a FDA-approved drug and 2) develop novel drugs for Wolfram syndrome. I am also looking into environmental factors, diets, and life-styles that can potentially delay the progression of Wolfram syndrome. One of the possibilities I am looking into is to keep our blood sugar steady (i.e., maintain normoglycemia). […]

Raise Awareness of Wolfram Syndrome in Asia together with Dr. Barrett

Dr. Barrett and I gave lectures on Wolfram syndrome at the Japan-Korea Diabetes Symposium in Japan this week. Our lectures were successful. I had a chance to speak with Japanese physicians who see patients with Wolfram syndrome. The president of Japanese Diabetes Association, Dr. Tanizawa, and the President of the American Diabetes Association, Dr. Dagogo-Jack, […]

Create a new drug based on an old drug

My current priority is to bring an existing drug that can control endoplasmic reticulum (ER) functions to our patients with Wolfram syndrome. However, this is not good enough to halt the progression and/or reverse symptoms. We need to design a new drug that is specifically designed for Wolfram syndrome. How can we achieve this? We […]

A message from a mother

I receive many emails, letters, and phone calls every day from patients with Wolfram syndrome and unusual forms of diabetes and their families and doctors. Many of these are related to their medical conditions and potential treatments. Some of these are personal. I received a message from a mother who had lost her daughter due […]

Drug development for Wolfram syndrome with NIH, NCATS

My visit to NIH, NCATS, with Stephanie Snow Gebel, Chairman of the Board of the Snow Foundation, was quite successful. We have had multiple discussions in the past two weeks and agreed to develop novel chemical compounds (i.e., drugs) for Wolfram syndrome. We will target the endoplasmic reticulum. This will be a three-way collaboration with […]