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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 research webinars

Every month, The ALS Association invites a leading ALS expert to come talk about his or her area of expertise in our research webinar series. Register for an upcoming webinar below.


ALS Research Progress – Hope for the Future

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 4:00 p.m. EST

Speaker: Lucie Bruijn, Ph.D., MBA, Chief Scientist of The ALS Association

In August 2014, millions of people participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to help treat and cure ALS as quickly as possible. Since then, The Association has doubled down on its commitment to lead the fight against ALS by investing in the most promising ALS research in the world. On January 17, please join The Association’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Lucie Bruijn, to learn how the support of people like you expedite global collaborative research efforts leading us towards discovering promising treatments and a cure. Come prepared to ask questions and see the impact donors to The ALS Association are having in the fight against ALS.

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Impact of Respiratory Strength Training on Breathing, Swallowing and Quality of Life in ALS

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 4:00 p.m. EST

Speaker: Emily Plowman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, University of Florida

Breathing, airway protection and swallowing impairments are highly prevalent in ALS and contribute to decreased oral intake, reduced quality of life, malnutrition, pneumonia and respiratory insufficiency. Unfortunately, treatments to prolong and maintain these vital functions are currently lacking with an urgent need for the development of new therapies. Join ALS Association funded scientist Dr. Emily Plowman who will discuss recent outcomes of trials investigating the impact of targeted respiratory exercises in early affected ALS patients and her current clinical trial that examines the impact of a combined inspiratory and expiratory strength training program on breathing and swallowing function.

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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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