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News from the 2012 ALS/MND International Symposium

December 21, 2012

Researchers at the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Motor Neuron Disease (MND) International Symposium met for three long and intense days in December 2012 to discuss the newest research on all aspects of ALS.  Discussions are listed below with links to a summary of each.

1. New Understanding of Protein Recycling in ALS
    New genes and new pathways reveal potential new targets for treatment

2. Why are some Motor Neurons More Vulnerable than Others?
    Understanding why ocular motor neurons are spared may lead to protective strategies for all motor neurons

3. The Roles of Nonneuronal Cells in ALS
    Astrocytes and immune cells are shaping up as key players in the ALS disease process



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