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Encouraging Bright Young Scientists to Advance ALS Research

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The Association understands that attracting bright, young scientists to enter and then remain in ALS research is essential to move the field forward. Fellows come into the laboratory with innovative ideas that regularly give a fresh perspective on ongoing work. With ALS Association funding in hand, fellows can effectively test those ideas, resulting in brilliant work and publications in top scientific journals. They obtain the experience they need to move forward to establish their own ALS research laboratories to continue moving their exciting ideas towards the clinic.

ALS Association fellowship opportunities also provide fundamental mentorship to young scientists through relationships with their own mentors and partnerships with other ALS researchers. The Association encourages collaboration by sponsoring meetings, such as the bi-annual Milton Safenowitz Postdoctoral Fellowship Symposium in New York City. With the success they accomplished during their fellowships, they persist on to mentor other young, bright scientists to pursue ALS research. This cycle is proven in that approximately 90 percent of our postdoctoral fellows stay in ALS research.

The ALS Association provides the only postdoctoral fellowship program specifically tailored toward ALS research made possible by the generous support of the Safenowitz family and others. Collaboration with the American Academy of Neurology also allows us to sponsor young, bright clinician scientists that work not only in ALS laboratories but also directly with people living with ALS in the clinic. Both fellowships are equally competitive to receive and are highly successful programs.

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