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If you’ve ever been touched by ALS, you understand how devastating the disease can be. A disease that takes away someone’s ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow, and eventually breathe, ALS has no cure and the majority of people diagnosed...

Posted in: Fund Development

Can insights about why eye muscles are resistant to ALS help preserve function in other muscles?


Muscles are made of separate fibres bundled together that receive signals from motor neurons, causing the muscles to contract or relax. Motor neurons connect to individual muscle fibres connect to at tiny places called neuromuscular junctions where specialized glial cells...

Posted in: Research

ALS Canada responds to the #ALSPepperChallenge


From ice cold buckets of water to red hot peppers, this new viral challenge is turning up the heat for ALS research around the world. Now, ALS Canada accepts the #ALSPepperChallenge -- thanks to Eddy Lefrançois, Justin Landry and MP Francis...

Posted in: Events

In Memoriam: Professor Stephen Hawking


We woke this morning to the news that Professor Stephen Hawking has died, and add our voices to the great many that are mourning his passing. While ALS did not define Professor Hawking, he lived with it for more than...

Posted in: Stories

The ALS Association Partners with the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the ALS Society of Canada to Establish the ALS Reproducible Antibody Platform

ALS-RAP Helps Ensure Highest-Quality Antibodies for the ALS Community


Washington, D.C. (March 8, 2018) – The ALS Association, in partnership with the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND Association) and the ALS Society of Canada, is pleased to announce $600,000 in funding to support the ALS Reproducible Antibody Platform (ALS-RAP)....

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ALS Research Update, February 2018


ALS research is at a time of unprecedented advancement. New information on genes linked to ALS and the downstream effects of mutations in these genes has helped researchers to develop a roadmap of the biological pathways that are important in...

Posted in: Research