Augie’s Quest and ALS Research in Canada

For the second year in a row, Orangetheory Fitness is giving its members (and the community) a way for you to make an impact while getting in a good workout. It’s a win-win! On May 1, 2019, Orangetheory Fitness is launching a campaign throughout Canadian studios to benefit the ALS Canada Research Program. Their inaugural […]

Can new understandings about RNA granules explain types of ALS?

Over the past several years, ALS researchers have learned that little structures in motor neurons called RNA granules are one of the most common biological differences in people with ALS and frontotemporal dementia compared to people without those diseases. These small ball-like granules are made of RNA, molecules that relay the genetic instructions in DNA, […]

Does a previously unstudied protein play an important role in ALS?

A protein called TDP-43 is usually found inside the cell nucleus where it plays an essential role in regulating many cellular processes. But in 97 per cent of people with ALS and nearly half of the people with frontotemporal dementia, TDP-43 is found outside the cell nucleus in an area called the cytoplasm. Understanding why […]

Celebrating Your Impact: ALS Canada Volunteers

In celebration of 2019 National Volunteer Week #NVW2019, you’ve heard from volunteers who support the work of ALS Canada in different ways.  You’ve read about what they do, why they do it and about memorable experiences they’ve made along the way. Whether you are fundraising, creating awareness, providing event support or working behind the scenes […]

Can antibodies help diagnosis ALS faster?

Current methods for diagnosing ALS can take up to two years and rely heavily on ruling out other conditions that share similar signs and symptoms. It is believed that by the time ALS is diagnosed, therapies may be less effective as the damage to neurons is too extensive. Therefore, a better way of diagnosing ALS […]

Does a viral infection play a role in ALS onset and progression?

A group of viruses called enteroviruses usually cause mild illnesses with symptoms that may include fever, respiratory issues and flu-like muscle aches, similar to the common cold. However, some can cause more serious health problems, such as enterovirus D68 that can cause severe respiratory illness or the poliovirus that causes polio. Some researchers have long […]