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.
Latest research news & information
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.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 4:00 p.m. EST
Speaker: Matthew Harms, Ph.D., Director of GTAC and Assistant Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center
Genomic Translation for ALS Care (GTAC) is a collaboration with Biogen and Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) to better understand how different genes contribute to various clinical forms of ALS. This will in turn help researchers design better, more focused clinical trials for the development of more effective treatments. This kind of precision medicine, in which treatment is tailored to each person’s unique genetic makeup, will be effectively applied to ALS. On October 11th, join us to learn more about this exciting strategic initiative supported by The ALS Association.
Monday, November 7, 2016, 4:00 p.m. EST
Speaker: Aaron Gitler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Genetics, Stanford University
The most common genetic cause of inherited ALS is a repeat expansion in the C9orf72 gene. This expansion leads to the production of both “sense” and “antisense” RNA repeats, along with dipeptide repeat proteins - all of which can harm cells. On November 7th, Dr. Gitler will present his recent findings that by blocking a single gene, called SPT4, investigators can efficiently reduce the production of all three toxic species. Join us to learn about the potential therapeutic implications of this unique strategy and other efforts aimed at understanding how C9orf72 mutations cause ALS.
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:
- Nuclear Transport: A New Therapeutic Target for ALS?
- Sheila Essey Award
- Clinical Research Fellowships
- Assistive Technology Challenge
- TDP-43 Biomarker Challenge
- ALS Research Forum partnership with The ALS Association
- 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.
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.