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Spotlight on Pediatrics

Credits: 0.50 CME
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Expert Discussion Conference Series — Questions About SMA Treatment
Eugenio Mercuri, MD, PhD
The France Foundation

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Expert Discussion Conference Series — Questions About SMA Treatment

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Conference Series: Part 3 of 3

Activity Details

Free CME
0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
Released: August 21, 2018
Expires: August 20, 2019
30 minutes to complete

Accredited By

Target Audience

Neurologists, pediatric neurologists, neuromuscular specialists, pediatricians, genetic counselors, and other clinicians who see patients with spinal muscular atrophy

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the genetic aspects of SMA, including its recessive nature, carriers, and recommendations for genetic screening
  • Explore the potential implications of gene therapy for SMA
  • Summarize key clinical trial data on available/ emerging treatments for SMA

Activity Description

As new therapies emerge for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) that include gene replacement and gene modifying therapies, clinicians need to consider the expectations for these treatments. Experts, Dr. Eugenio Mercuri, Dr. Richard Finkel, and Dr. Gyula Acsadi, recently discussed these emerging therapies and their implications on the clinical disease state at an international meeting. This activity is a recording of their roundtable discussion with informative slides broken into 3 parts. The first part discusses diagnosis, genetics, and the role of SMN in SMA. Part 2 explains the results of emerging clinical trial data. The final activity is a practical discussion about the implications of these new therapies for this lethal disease. Discussion topics include the durability of new and emerging treatments and changes to the standards of care for patients with SMA. This education is an engaging update on SMA from the leading experts in the field.

Statement of Educational Need

Many clinicians have questions regarding the genetics of spinal muscular atrophy. In addition, carrier screening is not routinely done, despite ACOG recommendations. Routine newborn testing is currently being considered in many states and internationally. Identification of the neuromotor deficits associated with SMA (and other conditions) is often inaccurate or delayed. As new therapies emerge that include gene replacement and gene modifying therapies, clinicians need to consider the expectations of these treatments. Gene replacement therapy is still a mystery to most clinicians. New therapies prompt a reevaluation of current standards of SMA care.

Agenda

  • What do we know and what do we need to know about treatments?
  • Questions from the audience

Faculty

Eugenio Mercuri, MD, PhD (Chair)
Professor of Pediatric Neurology
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart
Rome, Italy

Dr. Eugenio Mercuri is a consultant for AveXis, Biogen, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, and IONIS. He is a principal investigator for Biogen/IONIS and F. Hoffmann-La Roche studies.


Richard S. Finkel, MD
Division Chief of Neurology
Pediatric Neurology
Nemours Children’s Hospital
Orlando, Florida, United States

Dr. Richard Finkel is a consultant for AveXis, Biogen, Catabasis, Ionis, Mitobridge, Novartis, and Roche. He receives clinical trial support from AveXis, Biogen, Catabasis, Cytokinetics, Ionis, Lilly, MDA, NIH, ReveraGen, and Summit. Dr. Finkel owns stock in Roche. His partner holds several patents and receives patent licensing royalties from National Jewish Center and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


Gyula Acsadi, MD, PhD
Division Head of Neurology and Rehabilitation
Professor of Pediatric Neurology
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
University of Connecticut Medical School
Hartford, Connecticut, United States

Dr. Gyula Acsadi serves as a consultant for AveXis, Biogen, and Serepta. He is on the speakers bureau for Biogen and conducts contract research for Biogen, Italfarmaco, and Serepta.


Disclosure Policy

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, The France Foundation (TFF) requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. TFF resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs. Furthermore, TFF seeks to verify that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a CME/CE activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. TFF is committed to providing learners with high-quality CME/CE activities that promote improvements in health care and not those of a commercial interest

Activity Staff Disclosure

The planners, reviewers, editors, staff, CME committee, or other members at The France Foundation who control content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

The France Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit

The France Foundation designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses who are certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) may utilize activities that are certified by ACCME-accredited providers toward their requirement for certification renewal by the ANCC. A certificate of attendance will be provided by The France Foundation, an ACCME accredited provider.

Instructions for Receiving Credit

  • There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.
  • Review the activity objectives and CME information.
  • Complete the CME activity
  • Complete the online posttest. A score of at least 75% is required to successfully complete this activity. The participant may take the test until successfully passed.
  • Complete the CME evaluation/attestation form, which provides each participant with the opportunity to comment on how participating in the activity will affect their professional practice; the quality of the instructional process; the perception of enhanced professional effectiveness; the perception of commercial bias; and his/her views on future educational needs.
  • Credit documentation/reporting:
    • If you are requesting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ or a certificate of participation—your CME certificate will be available for download.

Statement of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from AveXis, Inc.

Disclaimer Statement

The France Foundation presents this information for educational purposes only. The content is provided solely by faculty who have been selected because of recognized expertise in their field. Participants have the professional responsibility to ensure that products are prescribed and used appropriately on the basis of their own clinical judgment and accepted standards of care. The France Foundation and the commercial supporter(s) assume no liability for the information herein.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

TFF requires CME faculty (speakers) to disclose when products or procedures being discussed are off label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational, and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary, or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Faculty in this activity may discuss information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of US Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. TFF does not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. If you have questions, contact the Medical Affairs Department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.

Contact Information for Questions About the Activity

If you have questions about this CME activity, please contact The France Foundation at 860-434-1650 or info@francefoundation.com.

Hardware/Software Requirements

Pro-CME recommends using the latest versions of these supported browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari. Depending on your browser of choice, additional software, such as Adobe Reader® and Adobe® Flash® Player may be required.

Pediatrics Presentations

1.00 CME
Global Education Group
Evolving Management Strategies for Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis: Looking Beyond Barriers to Optimize Therapy

Evolving Management Strategies for Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis: Looking Beyond Barriers to Optimize Therapy

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Free CME
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Released: December 14, 2018
Expires: December 13, 2019
60 minutes to complete

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.
This activity is jointly provided by Global Education Group and Integritas Communications.

Target Audience

The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of dermatologists, allergists, and other clinicians who treat patients with atopic dermatitis.

Statement of Need

Atopic dermatitis is a common, chronic inflammatory disease that manifests primarily in the skin, although research has uncovered potentially deleterious effects in other organ systems throughout the body.1,2 The disease-related physical and biopsychosocial burdens of atopic dermatitis can have a substantial effect on patients’ quality of life, particularly in those with moderate-to-severe disease.3,4 A better understanding of atopic dermatitis etiology has supported the development of new approaches to disease characterization and targeted therapies.5,6 As a result, the first biologic therapy is now available to treat patients with moderate-to-severe disease, and several other therapies are in late-stage clinical development.7-10 With novel therapies emerging for patients with difficult-to-treat atopic dermatitis, dermatologists will benefit from updates on the latest clinical trial data and practical recommendations on how to translate those results into daily clinical decision-making. In this Evidence-Based Best Practices™ program, internationally recognized experts will review the latest published evidence with a goal of providing recommendations to enhance overall patient outcomes. The expert faculty panel will discuss the pathophysiologic underpinnings of atopic dermatitis, share best practices related to comprehensive patient evaluations, and relay their own clinical experience in managing patients with moderate-to-severe disease.

References

  • Nutten S. Atopic dermatitis: global epidemiology and risk factors. Ann Nutr Metab. 2015;66(suppl 1):8-16.
  • Brunner PM, et al. Increasing comorbidities suggest that atopic dermatitis is a systemic disorder. J Invest Dermatol. 2017;137(1):18-25.
  • Whiteley J, et al. The burden of atopic dermatitis in US adults: results from the 2013 National Health and Wellness Survey. Curr Med Res Opin. 2016;32(10):1-7. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Drucker AM, et al. The burden of atopic dermatitis: summary of a report for the National Eczema Association. J Invest Dermatol. 2017;137(1):26-30.
  • Mansouri Y, Guttman-Yassky E. Immune pathways in atopic dermatitis, and definition of biomarkers through broad and targeted therapeutics. J Clin Med. 2015;4(5):858-873.
  • Gandhi NA, et al. Targeting key proximal drivers of type 2 inflammation in disease. Nat Rev Drug Discov. 2016;15(1):35-50.
  • Simpson EL, et al. Two phase 3 trials of dupilumab versus placebo in atopic dermatitis. N Engl J Med. 2016;375(24):2335-2348.
  • de Bruin-Weller M, et al. Dupilumab with concomitant topical corticosteroid treatment in adults with atopic dermatitis with an inadequate response or intolerance to ciclosporin A or when this treatment is medically inadvisable: a placebo-controlled, randomized phase III clinical trial (LIBERTY AD CAFÉ). Br J Dermatol. 2018;178(5):1083-1101.
  • Boguniewicz M. Biologic therapy for atopic dermatitis: moving beyond the practice parameter and guidelines. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2017;5(6):1477-1487.
  • Cotter DG, et al. Emerging therapies for atopic dermatitis: JAK inhibitors. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018;78(3S1):S53-S62.

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Discuss atopic dermatitis pathophysiology, including clinically relevant molecular and cellular targets
  • Assess patients with atopic dermatitis longitudinally for uncontrolled symptoms, disease flares, comorbidities, and clinical responses to their current treatment regimens
  • Describe the clinical profiles of targeted biologic therapies for the treatment of moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis
  • Optimize treatment regimens for patients with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis to reduce symptomatology, address comorbidities, maximize health-related quality of life, and minimize treatment-related side effects
  • Educate patients and caregivers to improve their understanding of atopic dermatitis to promote shared decision-making and treatment adherence

Faculty

Marjolein de Bruin-Weller, MD, PhD
Head, National Expertise Center for Atopic Dermatitis
Department of Dermatology/Allergology
University Medical Center Utrecht
Utrecht, The Netherlands



Eric L. Simpson, MD, MCR
Professor of Dermatology
Director, Clinical Research
Department of Dermatology
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon, USA



Andreas Wollenberg, MD, PhD
Professor
Department of Dermatology and Allergy
Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich
Munich, Germany


Physician Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Global Education Group (Global) and Integritas Communications. Global is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This CME/CE activity complies with all requirements of the federal Physician Payment Sunshine Act. If a reportable event is associated with this activity, the accredited provider managing the program will provide the appropriate physician data to the Open Payments database.

Physician Credit Designation

Global Education Group designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Global Contact Information

For information about the accreditation of this program, please contact Global at 303-395-1782 or cme@globaleducationgroup.com.

Instructions to Receive Credit

In order to receive credit for this activity, the participant must score 70% on the posttest and complete the program evaluation.

Fee Information & Refund/Cancellation Policy

There is no fee for this educational activity.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Global Education Group (Global) requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals and their spouses/life partners who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Global for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouses/life partners have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Marjolein de Bruin-Weller, MD, PhD

  • Consultant/Advisor: AbbVie Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sanofi Genzyme
  • Grant/Research Support: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sanofi Genzyme.

Eric L. Simpson, MD, MCR

  • Consultant/Advisor: AbbVie Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, Galderma Laboratories, L.P., LEO Pharma Inc., Menlo Therapeutics Inc., Pfizer Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sanofi Genzyme.
  • Grant/Research Support: Eli Lilly and Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Andreas Wollenberg, MD, PhD

  • Consultant/Advisor: Almirall Limited, Beiersdorf AG, Galderma S.A., LEO Pharma Inc., L’Oréal S.A., MedImmune, LLC, Pierre Fabre Laboratories, Pfizer Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sanofi-Aventis Europe S.A.S.
  • Grant/Research Support: Beiersdorf AG, LEO Pharma Inc.
  • Speakers Bureau: Almirall Limited, Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd, Beierdsorf AG, Bioderma Laboratoire Dermatologique, Celgene Corporation, Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Galderma S.A., Hans Karrer GMBH, LEO Pharma Inc., L’Oréal S.A., Meda AB, MedImmune, LLC, Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Novartis Pharma AG, Pierre Fabre Laboratories, Pfizer Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sanofi-Aventis Europe S.A.S.

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouses/life partners have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Stacey Ullman, MHS
Nothing to disclose

Ashley Marostica, RN, MSN
Nothing to disclose

Lindsay Borvansky
Nothing to disclose

Andrea Funk
Nothing to disclose

Liddy Knight
Nothing to disclose

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the US Food and Drug Administration. Global Education Group (Global) and Integritas Communications do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. 

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Disclaimer

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Hardware/Software Requirements

Pro-CME recommends using the latest versions of these supported browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari. Depending on your browser of choice, additional software, such as Adobe Reader® and Adobe® Flash® Player may be required.

0.75 CME
Integrity Continuing Education, Inc.
Strategies to Provide Individualized Treatment in Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis

Strategies to Provide Individualized Treatment in Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis

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Activity Details

Free CME
0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
Released: December 7, 2018
Expires: December 7, 2019
45 minutes to complete

Provided By

Target Audience

This educational initiative has been designed for dermatologists, allergists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants involved in the management of atopic dermatitis (AD).

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Utilize updated criteria and guidelines to accurately diagnose AD and assess severity
  • Describe the limitations of currently available therapies in addressing underlying AD pathophysiology
  • Evaluate recent clinical evidence on the utility of approved and emerging biologic agents to address the underlying pathophysiology of AD
  • Discuss strategies that will improve patient satisfaction with treatment and reduce the burden of comorbidities

Activity Description

Patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) are sub-optimally managed in current clinical practice and hence report a poor quality of life and high burden from their disease and comorbidities. There remains an unmet need for effective therapies that not only relieve distressing symptoms of AD, but also improve long-term outcomes for patients. An improved understanding of the pathogenesis of AD has led to the development of biologic agents, including dupilumab, which are known to target the underlying pathophysiology of AD. Despite this progress, AD continues to impose a huge healthcare burden due to knowledge and competence deficits among healthcare professionals.

There is a need to improve the diagnosis, assessment of severity, treatment, and management of AD to enable improved outcomes and quality of life among patients. This program will include topics that will improve healthcare professionals’ ability to accurately diagnose and recognize AD among patients presenting with eczema by informing participants about updated diagnostic criteria and assessment scores to differentially diagnose AD and its severity. Discussions on updated guidelines, recommendations, and recent clinical evidence to inform treatment decisions to alleviate the symptom burden of AD will be included and evaluated. Clinicians will also learn strategies to improve communication and adherence to treatment, and address the comorbidities of AD.

Faculty

Amy S. Paller, MS, MD
Chair, Department of Dermatology
Director, Northwestern University Skin Disease Research Center
Walter J. Hamlin Professor of Dermatology
Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois


Jonathan M. Spergel, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Allergy Section
Stuart E. Starr Endowed Chair of Pediatrics
Director, Center for Pediatric Eosinophilic Disease
Director, FARE Center of Excellence
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Conflict of Interest Policy/Disclosure Statement

Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The following faculty/planners reported the financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of these CME activities:

Amy S. Paller, MS, MD
Consulting Fees: AbbVie, Asana, Dermavant, Dermira, Galderma, Eli Lilly, Forte, Leo, Matrisys, Menlo, Morphosys/Galapagos, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Pfizer, Promius, Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Contracted Research: AbbVie, Anaptysbio, Eli Lilly, Galderma, Incyte, Leo, Janssen, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Jonathan M. Spergel, MD, PhD
Royalty: Up-To-Date
Consulting Fees: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Shire
Contracted Research: AbbVie, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Michelle R. Rizzo, ELS, hereby states that she or her spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.

Accreditation Statement

Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit

Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Instructions for Receiving Credit

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period of December 7, 2018 through December 7, 2019 participants must:

  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures
  • Complete the pretest
  • Study the educational activity
  • Complete the posttest and the evaluation form

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest with a score of 70% or better.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. and Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Disclaimer

The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

Contact Information for Questions about the Activity

For information about the ACCME accreditation of this activity, please contact Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. at (855) 835-4004 or via email at information@integrityce.com.

Hardware/Software Requirements

Pro-CME recommends using the latest versions of these supported browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari. Depending on your browser of choice, additional software, such as Adobe Reader® and Adobe® Flash® Player may be required.

Statement of Commercial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

0.75 CME
The France Foundation
SMA Management: Data, Insights and Practice

SMA Management: Data, Insights and Practice

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Activity Details

Free CME
0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
Released: December 7, 2018
Expires: December 6, 2019
45 minutes

Accredited By

Target Audience

Pediatric neurologists, neurologists, neuromuscular specialists, pediatricians

Learning Objectives

  • Review new information on the management of patients with SMA released at the Child Neurology Society and World Muscle Society 2018 annual meetings
  • Apply new information to current SMA management practices, as relevant

Activity Description

This education provides the opportunity to learn the latest in the management of patients with Type 1 or Type 3 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Abstracts of posters from recent neurology meetings are presented followed by video discussions by expert faculty regarding the implication on the management of patients. Skills can then be applied in an interactive case where the learner is challenged to make decisions for a patient with Type 1 or Type 3 SMA. 

Statement of Educational Need

The recent, rapid influx of information surrounding approved and emerging treatments for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) has created a gap in clinician knowledge and the ability to apply it to practice.

Agenda

Type 1 SMA abstracts
NURTURE Update in Presymptomatic Patients (3:35)
Dr. Nancy Kuntz and Dr. Richard Finkel
Improvement for Patients in ENDEAR Study (4:07)
Dr. Nancy Kuntz and Dr. Richard Finkel
Type 1 interactive case

Type 3 SMA abstracts
Results in Type 3 Patients Treated with Nusinersen (3:05)
Dr. Richard Finkel, Dr. Nancy Kuntz, and Dr. Gyula Acsadi
A Multidisciplinary Team is Essential to the Management of SMA (2:08)
Dr. Thomas Crawford and Dr. Laurent Servais
Type 3 interactive case

Faculty

Gyula Acsadi, MD, PhD
Division Head of Neurology and Rehabilitation
Professor of Pediatric Neurology
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
University of Connecticut Medical School
Farmington, Connecticut


  • Dr. Gyula Acsadi serves as a consultant for AveXis, Biogen, and Sarepta. He is on the speakers bureau for Biogen and conducts contract research for Biogen, Italfarmaco, and Sarepta.

Thomas Crawford, MD
Co-Director, Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic
Professor of Neurology
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland


  • Dr. Crawford serves as a consultant and is on the advisory boards for AveXis, Inc., Biogen, Mallinckrodt, Marathon, Roche/Genentech, Santhera, and Scholar Rock.

Richard S. Finkel, MD
Division Chief of Neurology
Pediatric Neurology
Nemours Children’s Hospital
Orlando, Florida


  • Dr. Richard Finkel is a consultant for AveXis, Biogen, Catabasis, Ionis, Mitobridge, Roche, and Novartis. He receives clinical trial support from AveXis, Biogen, Ionis, Catabasis, Cytokinetics, Lilly, MDA, NIH, ReveraGen, and Summit. Dr. Finkel owns stock in Roche. His partner holds several patents and receives patent licensing royalties from National Jewish Center and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Nancy L. Kuntz, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Attending Physician
Division of Neurology
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois


  • Dr. Kuntz serves on clinical advisory boards for Audentes, AveXis, Inc., Biogen, Roche, and Sarepta. She has participated in educational lectures funded by Biogen.

Laurent Servais, MD, PhD
Pediatric Neurology
Institut de Myologie
Paris, France


  • Dr. Servais serves on advisory boards for AveXis, Inc., Biogen, and Roche. He is a principle investigator for projects funded by AveXis, Inc., Biogen, and Roche.

Conflict of Interest Policy/Disclosure Statement

Disclosure Policy
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, The France Foundation (TFF) requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. TFF resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs. Furthermore, TFF seeks to verify that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a CME/CE activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. TFF is committed to providing learners with high-quality CME/CE activities that promote improvements in health care and not those of a commercial interest.

Activity Staff Disclosures
The planners, reviewers, editors, staff, CME committee, or other members at The France Foundation who control content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

The France Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit

The France Foundation designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses who are certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) may utilize activities that are certified by ACCME-accredited providers toward their requirement for certification renewal by the ANCC. A certificate of attendance will be provided by The France Foundation, an ACCME accredited provider.

Instructions for Receiving Credit

  • There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.
  • Review the activity objectives and CME/CE information.
  • Complete the CME/CE activity
  • Complete the online posttest. A score of at least 75% is required to successfully complete this activity. The participant may take the test until successfully passed.
  • Complete the CME/CE evaluation/attestation form, which provides each participant with the opportunity to comment on how participating in the activity will affect their professional practice; the quality of the instructional process; the perception of enhanced professional effectiveness; the perception of commercial bias; and his/her views on future educational needs.
  • Credit documentation/reporting:
    • If you are requesting AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ or a certificate of participation—your CME/CE certificate will be available for download.

Statement of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Biogen.

Disclaimer

The France Foundation presents this information for educational purposes only. The content is provided solely by faculty who have been selected because of recognized expertise in their field. Participants have the professional responsibility to ensure that products are prescribed and used appropriately on the basis of their own clinical judgment and accepted standards of care. The France Foundation and the commercial supporter(s) assume no liability for the information herein.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

TFF requires CME faculty (speakers) to disclose when products or procedures being discussed are off label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational, and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary, or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Faculty in this activity may discuss information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of US Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. TFF does not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. If you have questions, contact the Medical Affairs Department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.

Contact Information

If you have questions about this CME activity, please contact The France Foundation at 860-434-1650 or info@francefoundation.com.

Hardware/Software Requirements

Pro-CME recommends using the latest versions of these supported browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari. Depending on your browser of choice, additional software, such as Adobe Reader® and Adobe® Flash® Player may be required.

0.75 CME
Vindico
Advances in the Treatment of Peanut Allergy: Rapid Response from Seattle

Advances in the Treatment of Peanut Allergy: Rapid Response from Seattle

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Activity Details

Free CME
0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Released: November 30, 2018
Expires: November 30, 2019
0.75 hours to complete

Accredited By

This continuing medical education activity is provided by Vindico Medical Education.

Faculty

Activity Chair:
J. Andrew Bird, MD
J. Andrew Bird, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Allergy and Immunology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Director, Food Allergy Center
Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
Dallas, TX

Disclosure: Consulting Fee: Aimmune, DBV Technologies, Pharm-Olam
Non-CME Services Fees: Aimmune, DBV Technologies
Contracted Research: Aimmune, DBV Technologies


Faculty:
Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH
Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
Director
Science and Outcomes of Allergy and Asthma Research Team
Clinical Attending
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital Chicago
Chicago, IL

Disclosure: Consulting Fee: Aimmune, BEFORE Brands, DBV Technologies, Kaleo Pharma
Contracted Research: Thermo Fisher Scientific, United Health Group


Edwin H. Kim, MD, MS
Edwin H. Kim, MD, MS
Director, UNC Food Allergy Initiative
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

Disclosure: Consulting Fee: Aimmune, DBV Technologies
Contracted Research: Aimmune, Astellas, DBV Technologies, FARE, HAL Allergy
Research Support: Wallace Foundation


Reviewer:
Ronald A. Codario, MD, EMBA, FACP, FNLA, RPVI, CHCP
Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.


Vindico Medical Education Staff:
Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.


Signed Disclosures are on file at Vindico Medical Education, Office of Medical Affairs and Compliance.

Activity Description

The prevalence of peanut allergy in adults and children continues to increase, significantly disrupting the lives of the millions of affected individuals as well as their families. Although no therapies have been approved for the treatment of peanut allergies, several are currently being evaluated in clinical studies, providing the potential for safe and effective therapeutic options. Within this Rapid Response from Seattle, experts in the field examine the prevalence and burden of IgE-mediated food allergy with a focus on peanut allergy, assess the latest clinical data regarding the use of oral immunotherapy for the treatment of patients with peanut allergy, and evaluate the challenges associated with heterogeneity in terminology used in immunotherapy clinical trials for the management of patients with peanut allergy.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Examine the prevalence and burden of IgE-mediated food allergy, with a focus on peanut allergy.
  • Assess the latest clinical data regarding the use of oral immunotherapy for the treatment of patients with peanut allergy.
  • Examine the challenges associated with heterogeneity in terminology used in immunotherapy clinical trials for the management of patients with peanut allergy.

Target Audience

The intended audience for the activity is allergists, immunologists and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of patients with food allergies, particularly peanut allergy.

Conflict of Interest Policy/Disclosure Statement

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, all CME providers are required to disclose to the activity audience the relevant financial relationships of the planners, teachers, and authors involved in the development of CME content. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the past 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the CME activity content over which the individual has control. Relationship information appears above.

Accreditation Statement

Vindico Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit

Vindico Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Instructions for Receiving Credit

To participate in this CME activity, you must read the objectives, answer the pretest questions, view the CME content, and complete the posttest and evaluation. Provide only one (1) correct answer for each question. A satisfactory score is defined as answering 66% of the posttest questions correctly. Upon receipt of the completed materials, if a satisfactory score on the posttest is achieved, Vindico Medical Education will issue an AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) Certificate.

Statement of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Aimmune Therapeutics.

Disclaimer Statement/Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

The material presented at or in any Vindico Medical Education continuing education activity does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Vindico Medical Education. Neither Vindico Medical Education, nor the faculty endorse or recommend any techniques, commercial products, or manufacturers. The faculty/authors may discuss the use of materials and/or products that have not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information before treating patients or utilizing any product.

Contact Information for Questions About the Activity

Contact us at CME@VindicoCME.com

Hardware/Software Requirements

Pro-CME recommends using the latest versions of these supported browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari. Depending on your browser of choice, additional software, such as Adobe Reader® and Adobe® Flash® Player may be required.

Copyright Statement

Created and published by Vindico Medical Education, 6900 Grove Road, Building 100, Thorofare, NJ 08086-9447. Telephone: 856-994-9400; Fax: 856-384-6680. Printed in the USA. Copyright © 2018 Vindico Medical Education. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. The material presented at or in any of Vindico Medical Education continuing medical education activities does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Vindico Medical Education. Neither Vindico Medical Education nor the faculty endorse or recommend any techniques, commercial products, or manufacturers. The faculty/authors may discuss the use of materials and/or products that have not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information before treating patients or utilizing any product.

0.75 CME
Integrity Continuing Education, Inc.
Improving Severe Asthma Control through Comprehensive Patient Assessment and Tailored Treatment Selection

Improving Severe Asthma Control through Comprehensive Patient Assessment and Tailored Treatment Selection

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Activity Details

Free CME
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Released: November 20, 2018
Expires: November 20, 2019
1 hour to complete

Provided by


Integrity Continuing Education, Inc.

Target Audience

This educational initiative has been designed for allergists, pulmonologists, and otolaryngic allergists involved in the management of patients with severe asthma.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe clinical criteria for severe asthma and outline an approach to assessing symptom control and disease burden
  • Identify known phenotypes of severe asthma
  • Develop an approach to the treatment of severe asthma that is personalized to the individual patient and describe the most recent clinical data on new and emerging therapies for severe asthma
  • Identify strategies for improving communication to promote collaborative decision-making and the ability to self-manage among patients with severe asthma

Activity Description

Despite recent advances in our understanding of the pathophysiology of asthma and a corresponding expansion of targeted treatment modalities, severe asthma care continues to be a challenge in clinical practice. This program is designed to address this issue by imparting clinical knowledge and competence to clinicians that will promote comprehensive assessment and highly personalized treatment of patients whose symptoms meet the criteria for severe asthma. In addition, this initiative is also targeted at providing clinicians with guidance on strategies for improving disease awareness, increasing collaborative decision-making, and promoting self-management among patients with severe asthma.

Faculty

William W. Busse, MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine
School of Medicine and Public Health
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin


Conflict of Interest Policy/Disclosure Statement

Integrity Continuing Education requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Integrity Continuing Education for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The following faculty/planners reported the financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

William W. Busse, MD
Royalty: Elsevier
Consulting Fees: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals
Data Monitoring Boards/Study Oversight Committees: Boston Scientific, Genentech, ICON Clinical Research Ltd.

The Integrity CE planners and managers have nothing to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit

Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Instructions for Receiving Credit

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period of November 20, 2018 through November 20, 2019 participants must:

  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures
  • Complete the pretest
  • Study the educational activity
  • Complete the posttest and the evaluation form

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest with a score of 70% or better.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. and Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. 

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Disclaimer

The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

Contact Information for Questions About the Activity

For information about the ACCME accreditation of this activity, please contact Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. at (855) 835-4004 or via email at information@integrityce.com.

Hardware/Software Requirements

Pro-CME recommends using the latest versions of these supported browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari. Depending on your browser of choice, additional software, such as Adobe Reader® and Adobe® Flash® Player may be required.

Statement of Commercial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

0.50 CME
The France Foundation
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Expert Discussion Conference Series — Transformative Treatment for SMA

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Expert Discussion Conference Series — Transformative Treatment for SMA

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Conference Series: Part 2 of 3

Activity Details

Free CME
0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
Released: August 21, 2018
Expires: August 20, 2019
30 minutes to complete

Accredited By

Target Audience

Neurologists, pediatric neurologists, neuromuscular specialists, pediatricians, genetic counselors, and other clinicians who see patients with spinal muscular atrophy

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the potential implications of gene therapy for SMA
  • Summarize key clinical trial data on available/emerging treatments for SMA

Activity Description

As new therapies emerge for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) that include gene replacement and gene modifying therapies, clinicians need to consider the expectations for these treatments. Experts, Dr. Eugenio Mercuri, Dr. Richard Finkel, and Dr. Gyula Acsadi, recently discussed these emerging therapies and their implications on the clinical disease state at an international meeting. This activity is a recording of their roundtable discussion with informative slides broken into 3 parts. The first part discusses diagnosis, genetics, and the role of SMN in SMA. Part 2 explains the results of emerging clinical trial data. The final activity is a practical discussion about the implications of these new therapies for this lethal disease. Discussion topics include the durability of new and emerging treatments and changes to the standards of care for patients with SMA. This education is an engaging update on SMA from the leading experts in the field.

Statement of Educational Need

Many clinicians have questions regarding the genetics of spinal muscular atrophy. In addition, carrier screening is not routinely done, despite ACOG recommendations. Routine newborn testing is currently being considered in many states and internationally. Identification of the neuromotor deficits associated with SMA (and other conditions) is often inaccurate or delayed. As new therapies emerge that include gene replacement and gene modifying therapies, clinicians need to consider the expectations of these treatments. Gene replacement therapy is still a mystery to most clinicians. New therapies prompt a reevaluation of current standards of SMA care.

Agenda

  • Gene splicing modifiers
  • Gene replacement therapy MOA
  • Clinical trial results

Faculty

Eugenio Mercuri, MD, PhD (Chair)
Professor of Pediatric Neurology
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart
Rome, Italy

Dr. Eugenio Mercuri is a consultant for AveXis, Biogen, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, and IONIS. He is a principal investigator for Biogen/IONIS and F. Hoffmann-La Roche studies.


Richard S. Finkel, MD
Division Chief of Neurology
Pediatric Neurology
Nemours Children’s Hospital
Orlando, Florida, United States

Dr. Richard Finkel is a consultant for AveXis, Biogen, Catabasis, Ionis, Mitobridge, Novartis, and Roche. He receives clinical trial support from AveXis, Biogen, Catabasis, Cytokinetics, Ionis, Lilly, MDA, NIH, ReveraGen, and Summit. Dr. Finkel owns stock in Roche. His partner holds several patents and receives patent licensing royalties from National Jewish Center and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


Gyula Acsadi, MD, PhD
Division Head of Neurology and Rehabilitation
Professor of Pediatric Neurology
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
University of Connecticut Medical School
Hartford, Connecticut, United States

Dr. Gyula Acsadi serves as a consultant for AveXis, Biogen, and Serepta. He is on the speakers bureau for Biogen and conducts contract research for Biogen, Italfarmaco, and Serepta.


Disclosure Policy

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, The France Foundation (TFF) requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. TFF resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs. Furthermore, TFF seeks to verify that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a CME/CE activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. TFF is committed to providing learners with high-quality CME/CE activities that promote improvements in health care and not those of a commercial interest

Activity Staff Disclosure

The planners, reviewers, editors, staff, CME committee, or other members at The France Foundation who control content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

The France Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit

The France Foundation designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses who are certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) may utilize activities that are certified by ACCME-accredited providers toward their requirement for certification renewal by the ANCC. A certificate of attendance will be provided by The France Foundation, an ACCME accredited provider.

Instructions for Receiving Credit

  • There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.
  • Review the activity objectives and CME information.
  • Complete the CME activity
  • Complete the online posttest. A score of at least 75% is required to successfully complete this activity. The participant may take the test until successfully passed.
  • Complete the CME evaluation/attestation form, which provides each participant with the opportunity to comment on how participating in the activity will affect their professional practice; the quality of the instructional process; the perception of enhanced professional effectiveness; the perception of commercial bias; and his/her views on future educational needs.
  • Credit documentation/reporting:
    • If you are requesting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ or a certificate of participation—your CME certificate will be available for download.

Statement of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from AveXis, Inc.

Disclaimer Statement

The France Foundation presents this information for educational purposes only. The content is provided solely by faculty who have been selected because of recognized expertise in their field. Participants have the professional responsibility to ensure that products are prescribed and used appropriately on the basis of their own clinical judgment and accepted standards of care. The France Foundation and the commercial supporter(s) assume no liability for the information herein.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

TFF requires CME faculty (speakers) to disclose when products or procedures being discussed are off label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational, and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary, or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Faculty in this activity may discuss information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of US Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. TFF does not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. If you have questions, contact the Medical Affairs Department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.

Contact Information for Questions About the Activity

If you have questions about this CME activity, please contact The France Foundation at 860-434-1650 or info@francefoundation.com.

Hardware/Software Requirements

Pro-CME recommends using the latest versions of these supported browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari. Depending on your browser of choice, additional software, such as Adobe Reader® and Adobe® Flash® Player may be required.

0.50 CME
The France Foundation
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Expert Discussion Conference Series — Questions About SMA Treatment

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Expert Discussion Conference Series — Questions About SMA Treatment

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Conference Series: Part 3 of 3

Activity Details

Free CME
0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
Released: August 21, 2018
Expires: August 20, 2019
30 minutes to complete

Accredited By

Target Audience

Neurologists, pediatric neurologists, neuromuscular specialists, pediatricians, genetic counselors, and other clinicians who see patients with spinal muscular atrophy

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the genetic aspects of SMA, including its recessive nature, carriers, and recommendations for genetic screening
  • Explore the potential implications of gene therapy for SMA
  • Summarize key clinical trial data on available/ emerging treatments for SMA

Activity Description

As new therapies emerge for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) that include gene replacement and gene modifying therapies, clinicians need to consider the expectations for these treatments. Experts, Dr. Eugenio Mercuri, Dr. Richard Finkel, and Dr. Gyula Acsadi, recently discussed these emerging therapies and their implications on the clinical disease state at an international meeting. This activity is a recording of their roundtable discussion with informative slides broken into 3 parts. The first part discusses diagnosis, genetics, and the role of SMN in SMA. Part 2 explains the results of emerging clinical trial data. The final activity is a practical discussion about the implications of these new therapies for this lethal disease. Discussion topics include the durability of new and emerging treatments and changes to the standards of care for patients with SMA. This education is an engaging update on SMA from the leading experts in the field.

Statement of Educational Need

Many clinicians have questions regarding the genetics of spinal muscular atrophy. In addition, carrier screening is not routinely done, despite ACOG recommendations. Routine newborn testing is currently being considered in many states and internationally. Identification of the neuromotor deficits associated with SMA (and other conditions) is often inaccurate or delayed. As new therapies emerge that include gene replacement and gene modifying therapies, clinicians need to consider the expectations of these treatments. Gene replacement therapy is still a mystery to most clinicians. New therapies prompt a reevaluation of current standards of SMA care.

Agenda

  • What do we know and what do we need to know about treatments?
  • Questions from the audience

Faculty

Eugenio Mercuri, MD, PhD (Chair)
Professor of Pediatric Neurology
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart
Rome, Italy

Dr. Eugenio Mercuri is a consultant for AveXis, Biogen, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, and IONIS. He is a principal investigator for Biogen/IONIS and F. Hoffmann-La Roche studies.


Richard S. Finkel, MD
Division Chief of Neurology
Pediatric Neurology
Nemours Children’s Hospital
Orlando, Florida, United States

Dr. Richard Finkel is a consultant for AveXis, Biogen, Catabasis, Ionis, Mitobridge, Novartis, and Roche. He receives clinical trial support from AveXis, Biogen, Catabasis, Cytokinetics, Ionis, Lilly, MDA, NIH, ReveraGen, and Summit. Dr. Finkel owns stock in Roche. His partner holds several patents and receives patent licensing royalties from National Jewish Center and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


Gyula Acsadi, MD, PhD
Division Head of Neurology and Rehabilitation
Professor of Pediatric Neurology
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
University of Connecticut Medical School
Hartford, Connecticut, United States

Dr. Gyula Acsadi serves as a consultant for AveXis, Biogen, and Serepta. He is on the speakers bureau for Biogen and conducts contract research for Biogen, Italfarmaco, and Serepta.


Disclosure Policy

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, The France Foundation (TFF) requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. TFF resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs. Furthermore, TFF seeks to verify that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a CME/CE activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. TFF is committed to providing learners with high-quality CME/CE activities that promote improvements in health care and not those of a commercial interest

Activity Staff Disclosure

The planners, reviewers, editors, staff, CME committee, or other members at The France Foundation who control content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

The France Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit

The France Foundation designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses who are certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) may utilize activities that are certified by ACCME-accredited providers toward their requirement for certification renewal by the ANCC. A certificate of attendance will be provided by The France Foundation, an ACCME accredited provider.

Instructions for Receiving Credit

  • There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.
  • Review the activity objectives and CME information.
  • Complete the CME activity
  • Complete the online posttest. A score of at least 75% is required to successfully complete this activity. The participant may take the test until successfully passed.
  • Complete the CME evaluation/attestation form, which provides each participant with the opportunity to comment on how participating in the activity will affect their professional practice; the quality of the instructional process; the perception of enhanced professional effectiveness; the perception of commercial bias; and his/her views on future educational needs.
  • Credit documentation/reporting:
    • If you are requesting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ or a certificate of participation—your CME certificate will be available for download.

Statement of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from AveXis, Inc.

Disclaimer Statement

The France Foundation presents this information for educational purposes only. The content is provided solely by faculty who have been selected because of recognized expertise in their field. Participants have the professional responsibility to ensure that products are prescribed and used appropriately on the basis of their own clinical judgment and accepted standards of care. The France Foundation and the commercial supporter(s) assume no liability for the information herein.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

TFF requires CME faculty (speakers) to disclose when products or procedures being discussed are off label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational, and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary, or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Faculty in this activity may discuss information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of US Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. TFF does not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. If you have questions, contact the Medical Affairs Department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.

Contact Information for Questions About the Activity

If you have questions about this CME activity, please contact The France Foundation at 860-434-1650 or info@francefoundation.com.

Hardware/Software Requirements

Pro-CME recommends using the latest versions of these supported browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari. Depending on your browser of choice, additional software, such as Adobe Reader® and Adobe® Flash® Player may be required.

0.25 CME
The France Foundation
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Expert Discussion Conference Series — What Causes SMA? Genetics, Diagnosis, and the Role of SMN

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Expert Discussion Conference Series — What Causes SMA? Genetics, Diagnosis, and the Role of SMN

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Conference Series: Part 1 of 3

Activity Details

Free CME
0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
Released: August 21, 2018
Expires: August 20, 2019
15 minutes to complete

Accredited By

Target Audience

Neurologists, pediatric neurologists, neuromuscular specialists, pediatricians, genetic counselors, and other clinicians who see patients with spinal muscular atrophy

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the genetic aspects of SMA, including its recessive nature, carriers, and recommendations for genetic screening
  • Describe criteria for SMA diagnosis

Activity Description

As new therapies emerge for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) that include gene replacement and gene modifying therapies, clinicians need to consider the expectations for these treatments. Experts, Dr. Eugenio Mercuri, Dr. Richard Finkel, and Dr. Gyula Acsadi, recently discussed these emerging therapies and their implications on the clinical disease state at an international meeting. This activity is a recording of their roundtable discussion with informative slides broken into 3 parts. The first part discusses diagnosis, genetics, and the role of SMN in SMA. Part 2 explains the results of emerging clinical trial data. The final activity is a practical discussion about the implications of these new therapies for this lethal disease. Discussion topics include the durability of new and emerging treatments and changes to the standards of care for patients with SMA. This education is an engaging update on SMA from the leading experts in the field.

Statement of Educational Need

Many clinicians have questions regarding the genetics of spinal muscular atrophy. In addition, carrier screening is not routinely done, despite ACOG recommendations. Routine newborn testing is currently being considered in many states and internationally. Identification of the neuromotor deficits associated with SMA (and other conditions) is often inaccurate or delayed. As new therapies emerge that include gene replacement and gene modifying therapies, clinicians need to consider the expectations of these treatments. Gene replacement therapy is still a mystery to most clinicians. New therapies prompt a reevaluation of current standards of SMA care.

Agenda

  • Introduction to SMA
  • Role of SMN1 and SMN2 genes in SMA
  • Role of SMN protein in development

Faculty

Eugenio Mercuri, MD, PhD (Chair)
Professor of Pediatric Neurology
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart
Rome, Italy

Dr. Eugenio Mercuri is a consultant for AveXis, Biogen, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, and IONIS. He is a principal investigator for Biogen/IONIS and F. Hoffmann-La Roche studies.


Richard S. Finkel, MD
Division Chief of Neurology
Pediatric Neurology
Nemours Children’s Hospital
Orlando, Florida, United States

Dr. Richard Finkel is a consultant for AveXis, Biogen, Catabasis, Ionis, Mitobridge, Novartis, and Roche. He receives clinical trial support from AveXis, Biogen, Catabasis, Cytokinetics, Ionis, Lilly, MDA, NIH, ReveraGen, and Summit. Dr. Finkel owns stock in Roche. His partner holds several patents and receives patent licensing royalties from National Jewish Center and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


Gyula Acsadi, MD, PhD
Division Head of Neurology and Rehabilitation
Professor of Pediatric Neurology
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
University of Connecticut Medical School
Hartford, Connecticut, United States

Dr. Gyula Acsadi serves as a consultant for AveXis, Biogen, and Serepta. He is on the speakers bureau for Biogen and conducts contract research for Biogen, Italfarmaco, and Serepta.


Disclosure Policy

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, The France Foundation (TFF) requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. TFF resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs. Furthermore, TFF seeks to verify that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a CME/CE activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. TFF is committed to providing learners with high-quality CME/CE activities that promote improvements in health care and not those of a commercial interest

Activity Staff Disclosure

The planners, reviewers, editors, staff, CME committee, or other members at The France Foundation who control content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

The France Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit

The France Foundation designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses who are certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) may utilize activities that are certified by ACCME-accredited providers toward their requirement for certification renewal by the ANCC. A certificate of attendance will be provided by The France Foundation, an ACCME accredited provider.

Instructions for Receiving Credit

  • There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.
  • Review the activity objectives and CME information.
  • Complete the CME activity
  • Complete the online posttest. A score of at least 75% is required to successfully complete this activity. The participant may take the test until successfully passed.
  • Complete the CME evaluation/attestation form, which provides each participant with the opportunity to comment on how participating in the activity will affect their professional practice; the quality of the instructional process; the perception of enhanced professional effectiveness; the perception of commercial bias; and his/her views on future educational needs.
  • Credit documentation/reporting:
    • If you are requesting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ or a certificate of participation—your CME certificate will be available for download.

Statement of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from AveXis, Inc.

Disclaimer Statement

The France Foundation presents this information for educational purposes only. The content is provided solely by faculty who have been selected because of recognized expertise in their field. Participants have the professional responsibility to ensure that products are prescribed and used appropriately on the basis of their own clinical judgment and accepted standards of care. The France Foundation and the commercial supporter(s) assume no liability for the information herein.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

TFF requires CME faculty (speakers) to disclose when products or procedures being discussed are off label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational, and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary, or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Faculty in this activity may discuss information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of US Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. TFF does not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. If you have questions, contact the Medical Affairs Department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.

Contact Information for Questions About the Activity

If you have questions about this CME activity, please contact The France Foundation at 860-434-1650 or info@francefoundation.com.

Hardware/Software Requirements

Pro-CME recommends using the latest versions of these supported browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari. Depending on your browser of choice, additional software, such as Adobe Reader® and Adobe® Flash® Player may be required.