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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dr. Peter Creigh Awarded Clinical Research Training Fellowship in ALS

Washington, D.C., (March 14, 2018) — The ALS Association, in partnership with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), and the American Brain Foundation, are pleased to announce that Peter Creigh, M.D. at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. will receive the three-year 2018 Clinical Research Training Fellowship in ALS Research. This fellowship is designed to recruit talented, promising young clinician scientists who propose innovative clinical ALS studies and to foster their development to make significant contributions to ALS research.

ALS 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. There is no cure.

“The ALS Association is pleased to be supporting talented young clinicians to dedicate their time to important clinical research toward treatments for people living with ALS,” said Lucie Bruijn, Ph.D., MBA, chief scientist of The ALS Association.

Creigh’s project, “Telemedicine in ALS research: the utility of virtual visits and remote outcome measure collection,” will examine ALS clinical trial outcomes using video televisits that are interspersed between in-person clinical visits. With this project, Dr. Creigh hopes to further the care of people living with ALS, as well as improving clinical trial design and participation using remote technologies.

While video televisits have found their way into clinical use and are a part of routine care at many centers, they have not found a meaningful use in ALS clinical trials. Industry remains hesitant about their use because of the lack of data about standardized outcomes delivered by video televisit. This study has the potential to fill that gap.

Creigh will be honored at the American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, April 21-27, 2018. The Annual Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of neurologists with more than 13,000 attendees and more than 2,700 scientific presentations on the latest research advances in brain disease. The ALS Association is contributing $150,000 toward the total award.

About The ALS Association
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit 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 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 www.alsa.org.

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