Dr. Timothy Miller’s research focuses on bringing novel therapeutic strategies to neurodegenerative diseases. As we work toward the goal of bringing these new therapies to human clinical trial, our exciting research often attracts national and international attention.


Answer ALS, a large-scale resource for sporadic and familial ALS combining clinical and multi-omics data from induced pluripotent cell lines (Links to an external site)

Answer ALS is a biological and clinical resource of patient-derived, induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell lines, multi-omic data derived from iPS neurons and longitudinal clinical and smartphone data from over 1,000 patients with ALS. This resource provides population-level biological and clinical data that may be employed to identify clinical–molecular–biochemical subtypes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). A unique smartphone-based system was employed to collect deep clinical data, including fine motor activity, speech, breathing and linguistics/cognition. The iPS spinal neurons were blood derived from each patient and these cells underwent multi-omic analytics including whole-genome sequencing, RNA transcriptomics, ATAC-sequencing and proteomics. The intent of these data is for the generation of integrated clinical and biological signatures using bioinformatics, statistics and computational biology to establish patterns that may lead to a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms of disease, including subgroup identification. A web portal for open-source sharing of all data was developed for widespread community-based data analytics.
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Tofersen Phase 3 Drug Results and Use with ALS

At the American Neurological Association (ANA) Annual Meeting, Dr. Timothy Miller presented VALOR study of Tofersen Phase 3 Drug Results and Use with ALS. Tofersen is an antisense drug being evaluated for the potential treatment of SOD1-ALS. For more information and to learn about Tofersen Phase 3 Drug Results please see links below. Biogen News Release; […]

Parsing Science Podcast: Silencing an ALS Gene

How could a gene that causes one type of ALS be switched off? In episode 87, Tim Miller from the Washington University in St. Louis discusses his research into therapies that target the single strands of DNA or RNA which cause many cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. His article “Phase 1–2 […]

Promising Results for Investigational Treatments for Inherited ALS (Links to an external site)

Two preliminary studies were published simultaneously in the New England Journal of Medicine, both aimed at reducing superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) protein levels in people who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) due to SOD1 mutations. In the first study, a phase I/II trial of intrathecal tofersen, Timothy Miller, MD, PhD, of Washington University in St. […]