ALS research is at a time of unprecedented excitement and momentum: there has been more progress in the last 5 to 7 years than in the last century. Many of the top ALS researchers in the world believe the scientific community is now poised to find treatments that can significantly alter the course of the disease, and that lack of funding is the only limitation standing in the way of effective ALS treatments being developed sooner rather than later.

Since 2014, approximately $20 million has been invested in Canadian ALS research because of money raised through the Ice Bucket Challenge and matched by Brain Canada with support from Health Canada. By 2018, Canada’s ALS research effort will return to its traditional funding levels of $1.5 to $2 million per year. That’s why the generosity of donors plays such a critical role in ALS research in Canada – so we can continue to invest in ALS research at a time when it holds more promise than ever before.

In this section, you can learn more about how ALS Canada approaches research—including projects we have funded — and find out about upcoming webinars that you can attend to learn more about ALS research. You can also learn about ALS clinical trials taking place across Canada.

If you are a researcher, you can find out how to apply for funding from ALS Canada.