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Millions for ALS

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News October 2013

ALS Association receives research grants supporting 35 new projects.

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The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association has received a major boost – with $4.3 million awarded in new research grants supporting 35 new projects.

Handed out in August, the awards are part of the association’s Translational Research Advancing Thereapy (TREAT ALS) program, through which the association funds a diverse portfolio of ALS research to find treatments and a cure.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and
spinal cord. Eventually people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which can lead to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis.

Besides developing new treatments and improving clinical trials of new therapies, the grants will help develop research in animal model systems, genetics, stem cells and work directly with people with ALS.

For more information, visit alsa.org.

 

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