Learning more about how gene mutations can cause ALS

Updated October 20, 2017 In the late 1980s, Dr. Neil Cashman was completing a neurology fellowship in ALS at the University of Chicago. At that time, little was known about the genetics or biology of ALS and Dr. Cashman became captivated by trying to understand the cause of the progressive paralysis he observed in his […]

For Tom and Denis, the Ice Bucket Challenge is Personal

Like many people, Denis and his husband Tom were familiar with the Ice Bucket Challenge that became a social media phenomenon in the summer of 2014 – but they never imagined they would one day have a personal motivation to participate. That all changed in 2015 when Denis was diagnosed with ALS. From that point […]

Could viruses play a role in the onset or progression of ALS in people with a genetic link?

Updated November 28, 2017 When a person is infected with a virus, it triggers an immune response that generally results in inflammation. For example – think of the sore throat, redness and swelling that occurs when you are sick with tonsillitis. The immune response is designed to rid the body of the pathogens causing the […]

Dr. Richard Bedlack’s Quest for ALS Discovery: The Truth is Out There

Updated October 20, 2017 Dr. Richard Bedlack’s passion for neurology started when he was a child. As many children do, he used to roll down hills with his little brother – but Dr. Bedlack’s inquisitive nature made him wonder why it made them dizzy. His fascination with the nervous system grew over time as he […]

Q&A with Dr. David Taylor, VP, Research

This interview was originally posted on the Hitfar website in February 2017. Thank you to Hitfar for giving ALS Canada permission to re-post this content. Could you start by explaining the disease and its effects? ALS is a disease where the living wires, called motor neurons, that connect your brain to your muscles die. This means […]

Improved community-based support for people living with ALS

Updated November 28, 2017 As we mentioned in an earlier post, ALS Canada has made some improvements to our service offering with the goal of strengthening the support we offer to people and families living with ALS in Ontario. In mid-July, we shared some of the enhancements made to our equipment program. Another important area […]

Do you use ALS Canada’s Equipment Loan Program? Improvements are here!

Updated November 28, 2017 In a previous post we shared that we would be implementing a series of improvements to better serve people and families living with ALS in Ontario. One of the improvements we made was to our equipment program, which provides people with a range of items – mobility devices, lifts and transfers, […]

Now available: ALS Canada’s 2016 Annual Report

The ALS Society of Canada is part of a passionate and compassionate community united in our deep desire to improve the lives of people living with ALS and to make ALS a treatable, not terminal disease. We know that it takes ALL OF US—donors, volunteers, people living with ALS, caregivers, researchers, and advocates—to make a […]