Margarida Maia, PhD, science writer —

Margarida is a biochemist (University of Porto, Portugal) with a PhD in biomedical sciences (VIB and KULeuven, Belgium). Her main interest is science communication. She is also passionate about design and the dialogue between art and science.

Articles by Margarida Maia

Tavneos can help older AAV patients recover from kidney failure

Tavneos (avacopan) improved kidney function and reduced the need for the glucocorticoid prednisone in four older patients who had signs of kidney failure due to ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV), researchers in Canada report. While Tavneos may help patients enter into remission without the harmful side effects of glucocorticoids, “more…

Rituximab at fixed regimen better for long-term remission: Study

An 18-month fixed-schedule maintenance regimen of rituximab is better at keeping ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) in remission for up to seven years than azathioprine or a rituximab regimen tailored to an individual, according to pooled data from the Phase 3 MAINRITSAN program. Doubling the length of this fixed-schedule regimen did…

GPA is most common type of ANCA-associated vasculitis in Italy

Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) is the most common type of ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) in Italy and is linked to worse symptoms and higher mortality and healthcare costs than microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), another common AAV type, a study finds. Using immunosuppressive glucocorticoids was also associated with higher costs…