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The ALS Association CEO Balas Picked to Lead Global Fight Against ALS

Washington, D.C. (December 6, 2018) — Calaneet Balas, president and CEO of The ALS Association, was named board chair of The International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations during this week’s 26th annual Alliance meeting in Glasgow, Scotland.

“I’m honored and excited to take on this new role,” said Balas. “I believe the Alliance has great potential to foster more international collaborations that result in faster and more cost-effective research. We can also work together to expand access to therapies, devices, and assistive technology.”

The International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations was founded in 1992 to provide an international community for individual ALS/MND associations from around the world. Its vision is to engage with members, prospective members and other organizations to share resources globally, advance awareness, and support people with ALS/MND worldwide.

“The Alliance is fortunate to have Calaneet helping lead the global fight against ALS/MND,” said Tammy Moore, CEO of ALS Society of Canada and member of the Alliance’s Board of Directors. “She is a talented person, experienced at building collaborations and driving new initiatives. The global ALS/MND community will undoubtedly benefit from her leadership.”

Balas joined The ALS Association in 2016 and became president and CEO in 2017. She previously served as CEO of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

About ALS
ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within five years of diagnosis. For unknown reasons, veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population.

About The ALS Association
The ALS Association is the only national nonprofit organization fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The ALS Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. For more information about The ALS Association, visit our website at

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