Michelle Pflumm

Independent Scientific Editor and Writer

Boston, MA

Michelle Pflumm

I bring science to life in multimedia and the written word.



Identifying Environmental Risk Factors in ALS: Take Two?

To identify environmental risk factors, scientists may need to study inherited cases of ALS.
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Traffic Tie-up May Lead to ALS, Scientists Say

Key changes in KIF5A are linked to ALS, a protein that helps transport mitochondria along axons.
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To Reduce Trial Size Use Muscle, ALS Scientists Say

A simple blood test may help scientists detect potential treatment effects in a smaller sample size.
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Scientists Go for the Gut in ALS

A new study aims to determine whether key microbial changes in the gut may be associated with ALS.
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ALS Trial Nears T Off

Low dose IL-2 aims to slow progression of ALS by reducing inflammation.
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Weighing in on the high fat diet in ALS

Certain calorie rich diets appear to be safe in people with ALS. But are they of benefit?
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Antisense and ALS sensibility

Could small molecules be a better approach to tackle C9orf72 ALS? Experts weigh in.
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Breaking the ultrasound barrier in ALS

Checkups may become easier for people with ALS with NMUS, an emerging alternative to EMG.
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ALS clinical trials, powering forward

Biogen Idec's Doug Kerr talks dex and the development of future ALS medicines going forward.
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iPS: ready, set, screen?

iPS cells are a promising tool for ALS drug discovery. But key challenges remain in using them.
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Breaking the code of silence in ALS

Emerging epigenetic drugs may have the potential to treat ALS. But using them safely may be tricky.
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MRI, Make That A Double

Combined MRI methods aim to facilitate the diagnosis of ALS and development of new medicines.
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Michelle Pflumm

Michelle Pflumm is an independent scientific editor and writer currently focusing on the neurosciences. An experienced multimedia journalist, she has covered the latest in science and medicine for Nature Medicine, Nature Methods, the ALS Research Forum and ALS Today. A huge NPR fan, Michelle also produced two stories for WBUR’s World of Ideas. In 2010, she worked as a multimedia content developer at Children’s Hospital Boston and in 2008, as a scientific editor for Nature Methods. She holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, a B.A. in Chemistry from Haverford College and a M.S. in Science and Medical Journalism from Boston University.