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The ALS Association provides the latest research news & information relevant to the fight against this disease through press releases, blog posts, research webinars, newsletters and more.

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Keep up-to-date on what’s going on in the world of ALS research and learn more about ALS research.

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ALS Association/NEALS research webinars

Every month, The ALS Association and the Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS) invites leading ALS experts to discuss their area of expertise in our research webinar series. Register for an upcoming webinar below.


BrainGate: Toward Restoring Communication and Mobility for People with ALS

Speaker: Leigh R. Hochberg, M.D., Ph.D., Neurologist/MGH Center for Neurorecovery and Neurotechnology, Professor of Engineering/Brown University, Director/VA RR&D Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology, PVAMC

Intracortical brain-computer interfaces (iBCI) are poised to revolutionize our ability to restore lost neurologic functions. The BrainGate research team has been conducting a multi-site pilot clinical trial (IDE) of an iBCI system, seeking to determine the feasibility of persons with tetraplegia from ALS, cervical spinal cord injury, or brainstem stroke controlling external and implanted devices simply by imagining arm or hand movement. Dr. Hochberg will discuss clinical, engineering, and neuroscientific progress in the ongoing trial, as well as challenges and opportunities for translation to clinical utility.

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Research ALS Today

The ALS Association produces a scientific newsletter twice per-year to highlight major advances in the field of ALS research. The current issues includes the following topics and is available for download:

  • Imaging Disease Mechanisms
  • Message from Chief Scientist
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • The “Mice” Bucket Challenge
  • Journal News

The ALS Association blog


On our blog, The ALS Association, or one of our guest bloggers, discusses breaking research news in a more casual, easy-to-understand format than you may find in your average scientific journal.

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Call for abstracts & participation

Throughout the year, The ALS Association offers multiple funding opportunities for scientists and clinicians made possible through support from our generous donors.


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The ALS Association Research Program supports INNOVATIVE research of high scientific merit and relevance to ALS.

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