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ALS & Lou Gehrig

ALS was first described in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name.

Reason for Hope:
The State of ALS Research

In the past decade, major changes in the pharmaceutical industry and the drug development landscape have taken place. The severity of ALS, the absence of effective therapy, and the importance of finding treatments for all the neurodegenerative diseases have combined to make ALS an attractive target for new approaches to drug discovery and development.

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What is ALS

ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a neurodegenerative disease. This fatal disease affects the nerve cells (motor neurons) that control a person’s muscles. As the disease causes these motor neurons to deteriorate, the brain loses the ability to start and control voluntary muscle movement. This is why people with ALS often lose the ability to speak. The disease slowly paralyzes its victims eventually taking away the ability to breathe.

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Today’s Faces of ALS

Lou Gehrig was the first face of ALS. Today, there are many courageous faces of people impacted by the disease: those living with ALS, along with their loved ones, family members and friends.

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